In the face of this, good old-fashioned text based spam is on the up. In the same period last year BitDefender saw just a 20 percent volume of purely textual spam. This year that figure has grown to 70 percent.
"Plain text continues to be the most prolific medium for e-mail spam distribution, especially due to its simplicity, reduced size and extreme versatility" said Andra Miloiu, BitDefender Spam Analyst.
Indeed, there are other reasons that text spam maintains an appeal, and these become apparent when you start talking about automated scripts for word scrambling, rephrasing or (synonymic) substitution. Image spam, meanwhile, would usually deploy obfuscated content.
The Top 10 list for the first half of 2008 most advocated content through e-mail spam includes:
- Replica Watches
- Phishing (tool for)
- Pirated Software
- Hire & Employment
- Trojan Viruses Spread (tool for)
And what about the top ten list of counterfeit business identities? Read on to find out...