ITBusiness - World Cup super scorers -- spammers, phishers, hackers

(13-Jul-10) The World Cup final may have elicited the most penalty cards ever issued by a referee in the championship game, but FIFA's 2010 tournament also boasts another record for fouls of a different type.

Spammers, phishers, and hackers of every breed attempted to exploit interest in the world's premier soccer tournament.

The volume of spam e-mail messages associated with World Cup keywords in the subject line were more than nine times higher that what we witnessed during the 2006 World Cup, Symantec Corp. reports.

The security vendor released its findings July 9 in its monthly State of Spam & Phishing report.

Spammers have changed tactics over the past four years, and now deceive potential victims by using current events and news items in e-mail subject lines, says Eric Park, anti-spam analyst with Symantec.

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