According to reports published by Information Week, zombie machines and scare tactics are spammers choice in tools-of-the-trade.
For the third straight month, most spam sent across the Internet originated on zombie machines, hijacked computers remotely controlled by spammers.
According to Denver-based MX Logic, 56 percent of the spam it tracked during July was sent by zombies infected with a malicious Trojan horse and transformed into spam-spewing monster. That's down from June's 62 percent, but up slightly from May's 56 percent.
MX Logic also said that the percentage of unsolicited commercial e-mail complying with the federal anti-spam CAN SPAM Act ticked up a bit in July to 4 percent from the previous 3 percent. No wonder my inbox is bulging day after day with rediculous offers.
If zombies aren't frightening enough, spammers have apparently grown weary of their hard-sell sales tactics and are switching to scare tactics instead.
Spam promoting personal or family safety is on the upswing. A new wave of junk mail, with alarmist subject headings such as "Protect your child from sex offenders! Download now!" and "You can't see it, but it can see you," is hitting mailboxes.
Where will it end, and who will be the smart marketer who effectively counteracts the growing public frustration over inbox invasions?