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Victoria, BC (PRWEB) October 20, 2007
Accounting for approximately 7-10% of all spam globally over the past 18 hours, spam messages with MP3 attachments are the latest threat to hit email and computer users. According to the Commtouch Detection Centre, this latest flood of spam began at 21:24 GMT, October 17, 2007 and is characterized by massive file sizes that range from 85 KB to 147 KB. Commtouch reports that the message contents are usually empty as are the subject lines, containing just the words "Fwd:" or "Re:" or the name of the file attachment.
"The file size and the fact that the attachment file names utilize emotional tactics such as "dadsong mp3" and popular entertainment names such as "beatles mp3" to entice receivers to open the attachments, is a real concern" Comments Amanda Cooper, Director of Communications at ParetoLogic Inc, the makers of popular online safety software, including ParetoLogic Spam Controls. "Commtouch has told us that the MP3 files appear to be promoting stocks and that no viral threat has been detected so far. This is always our biggest concern as virus transmission through email can be devastating."
ParetoLogic is taking this opportunity to remind its customers and all computer users to be vigilant regarding their email security. Employing and updating spam control software, not opening email (or its attachments) from unfamiliar senders, and not clicking on links in email received are all solid steps toward effective email security. "No matter how compelling the subject, you must resist the urge to open email from unfamiliar senders," advises ParetoLogic's Amanda Cooper.
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