Symantec today announced the findings of its January Symantec.cloud Intelligence Report, which shows that spammers are using holidays and major events to make their mail more appealing.
Symantec Intelligence has seen more than 10 000 unique domain names compromised with a redirect script written in PHP that contains a reference to the New Year in the file name. These redirect scripts were hosted on compromised Web sites and links to these were included in spam e-mails, which were subsequently blocked by Symantec.cloud.
Malicious software, or malware for short, has become a critical security threat to all who rely on the Internet for their daily business, whether they are large organisations or home users.
While originating incriminal behaviour, the magnitude and impact of the malware threat are also influenced by the decisions and behaviour of legitimate market players such as Internet Service Providers (ISPs), software vendors, ecommerce companies, hardware manufacturers, registrars and, last but not least, end users.