Starting from January we will publish monthly reports about the spam categories which were most often used in the last month. These categories are currently detected by Avira’s AntiSpam engine:
|1.||OTHER||Anything that doesn’t fit the categories below|
|5.||JOBS||Job related scams|
|6.||MALWARE||Malware files transmitted via Email|
|7.||FASHION||Replica shoes and clothes|
|10.||UNIVERSITY||Fake university degrees|
|11.||PHARMACY||Meds or online pharmacies|
|13.||STOCK||Pump and Dump stock spam|
|15.||COMMERCIALS||Commercial which looks like spam|
|16.||OTHER_NON_LATIN||Unknown texts written in exotic languages|
In January, the most used category was Pharmacy spam accounting for 41% of the total spam seen. In case you don’t know what such an email looks like, here is a screenshot of my personal Spam folder:
The second place is taken by the category Others with 34%, because our category detection is just at the beginning and we still have to categorize a lot of other spam emails. Mails in this category include, but are not limited to: Delivery status notifications, religious mails, newsletters which are in the gray area, empty mails, malformed mails, mails having a single line of text and no link, notification from various antivirus/antispam products which block the spam emails and so on .
With big distance from the other two categories, the “Watches” category takes the third place with only 6% of the total amount of spam.
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