Public interest in the Olympic Games is helping spammers, who are using text related to the games in e-mails to get users to click through to their malware and phishing Web sites, or to go to product sites, according to an executive at Symantec.
Spam messages were 78 percent of all messages in July, up from 66 percent a year ago, according to a monthly report on spam released by Symantec earlier this week.
While spam is increasing overall as a trend, there has been a spike ahead of the Beijing Olympics, said Shantanu Ghosh, vice president of Symantec’s India product operations, on Thursday. Symantec’s center in Pune, India, has one of nine security response labs run by Symantec worldwide.
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