Feeds

UK most popular destination for 419 scams

One in four Nigerian spams sent to Blighty

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

The United Kingdom is the most popular destination for 419 scams - emails which promise huge riches in exchange for up-front arrangement fees.

A worldwide survey of spam found 23 per cent of all Nigerian 419 scams were sent to British surfers. The UK also scored highly for adult spam - coming second, just behind the US.

The research asked 50 people from ten countries to surf the web unprotected and see what spam they picked up. In total they received 104,000 pieces of spam in the course of a month. The five UK respondents got the fifth highest amount of spam - 11,965 emails. The US came top with 23,233 unsolicited emails.

Anti-virus firm McAfee, which sponsored the research, warned that spam shows no signs of slowing down and does present some real dangers beyond the immediate nuisance. Although none of the UK surfers received email containing a virus several were directed to websites which contained malware. Phishing emails - which purport to come from a trusted source in order to get account or password information - made up eight per cent of the UK total.

Phishing emails supposedly from Bank of America, Chase.com, eBay and Wachovia.com were most popular.

Researchers also found an increase in foreign language spam with Germany and France the favourite targets, although these two countries come bottom of the league for total spam. McAfee predicts non-English language spam will continue to grow.

The top four spam categories were advertising, financial, health and medicine, and adult services. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
More alleged private, nude celeb pics appear online
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
UK.gov lobs another fistful of change at SME infosec nightmares
Senior Lib Dem in 'trying to be relevant' shocker. It's only taxpayers' money, after all
Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables
Why mess with armoured 10kV cables when land-based, and legal, snoop tools are easier?
TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab
Be afeared, me hearties, these scoundrels be spying our signals
Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign
Claim of tapped undersea cable refuted by Kiwi PM as Kim claims extradition plot
Freenode IRC users told to change passwords after securo-breach
Miscreants probably got in, you guys know the drill by now
THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug
Metasploit module gobbles KitKat SOP slop
BitTorrent's peer-to-peer chat app Bleep goes live as public alpha
A good day for privacy as invisble.im also reveals its approach to untraceable chats
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.