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Spam Index, Q1 2008 Part 1

Abbey leads the way in first spammers index

The UK’s only guaranteed anti-spam company has today revealed results of their first ever quarterly spamming index and, Abbey has by far been subjected to the greatest proportion of Phishing attacks. All results from the spamming index are evaluated below.

A leading UK based anti-spam software company has today revealed results of their first quarterly spamming index for Q1 2008. When assessing the quantities of spam that ClearMyMail had prevented from reaching intended participants between January 2008 and March 2008, some worrying results were collated. Figures show that 8,156 emails were blocked, per customer, during those three months.

A breakdown of these emails revealed Abbey to be the main company targeted by Phishing attacks, customers’ who choose Orange as an Internet Service Provider to receive the highest percentage of spam and the USA continuing to be the main source of the UK’s Phishing attacks.

Results show the Top 10 most popular company names used by email fraudsters when targeting the personal finance industry; Abbey had previously only received 6% of the total proportion of Phishing emails blocked; this has quite dramatically changed, taking them well into the lead..

Top 10 UK Companies Targeted by Phishing Attacks

1. Abbey = 32.99% of all Phishing emails blocked were targeting Abbey Bank
2. Citi Bank = 19.15%
3. Natwest = 11.60%
4. Halifax = 8.49%
5. PayPal = 7.19%
6. HSBC = 6.69%
7. Lloyds TSB = 6.01%
8. RBS = 4.17%
9. Nationwide = 2.42%
10. MBNA = 0.57%

Comparatively to Abbey, Halifax has led the way up the fraudsters’ rankings. The final quarter of 2007 resulted in Halifax only receiving 0.8% of the total proportion of Phishing emails blocked. This has since risen to 8.49%.

On the contrary, HSBC has dropped 3 places in ClearMyMail’s Top 10; previously amounting to 11% of all emails blocked and now plummeting to 6.69%. MBNA has consistently received the least amount of spam emails, rising from 0.5% from the last quarter, to just 0.57% this quarter.

Top 10 UK ISP's Who's Customers Receive the Most Spam

2008 Q1 Spam Index Contents

1. Intro & Top 10 UK Companies Targeted by Phishing Attacks
2. Top 10 UK ISP's Who's Customers Receive the Most Spam
3. Top 10 Countries Sending Spam to UK Email Accounts
4. Comment and Summary

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