Spain was the country that most 'spam' received during the second quarter of 2020, with 9.28 percent of the total of these threats, while in the emitter ranking it is located in the seventh place.
As already happening in previous periods, Spain continues to lead the target countries ranking of spam (9.28 percent), with an increase of half a percentage point over the previous quarter, according to data from the Kaspersky cybersecurity company.
Second position remains for Italy (6.38 percent), followed by Russia (5.82 percent), United Arab Emirates (5.36 percent) and Germany (5.26 percent).
Regarding the SPAM emitting countries, the ranking remains practically identical with respect to the first trimester. Russia (26.07 percent) follows first, with an increase of 3.6 percentage points, followed by Germany (13.97 percent).
The United States follow (11.24 percent), whose contribution to the global spam flow decreased slightly; China (7.78 percent) remains in fourth position. Behind are the Netherlands (4.52 percent), France (3.48 percent) and Spain (seventh, with 2.98 percent).
In the second quarter of 2021, in the midst of continuous interruption of supply chains and mail services, cybercriminals continued to take advantage of this fact to steal money and credit card data.
Since last year, scammers have taken advantage of the problems in parcel deliveries to convince users that they click on malicious email links.
In the second quarter of 2021, it has not continued this trend, but the cybercriminals have become more skilled when customizing their shipments from spam. Users experienced an increase in the number of messages in the form of an invoice in different languages requesting money for any issue, from customs duties to shipping costs.
These emails tend to lead victims to false websites, where they risk not only to lose money, but also to endanger the data of their bank cards, as Kaspersky has alerted.
The cybercriminals also dared in this quarter with a new modality: websites that offered the possibility of buying packages that could not reach their recipients. These websites were configured as a lottery. Users did not know the content of the package. They pushed depending on the weight of the package that, if he won, "never arrived, not even after paying the winning bid.
Another new trick of this last quarter consisted in sending spam to whatsapp requesting small amounts of money. These scams responded to different schemes. One asked for users to do a survey about whatsapp and send messages to several contacts to receive a prize. Another affirmed that users had already won a great prize and that the only thing they had to do to charge it was to pay a small amount.