Research conducted by the Spam Ratings site has shown that one in ten UK websites hit their visitors with “dangerous and malicious” spam.
The study took place over the course of a year and involved monitoring some 10,000 websites and 150,000 emails.
The volume of dangerous spam more than doubled over the year to September 30th 2010. Of the 10% of sites responsible for this spam, each produced an average of five attacks per day.
40% of these malicious spam attacks were sex or pharmaceutical related, 35% were financial by nature (including scam messages), 15% were phishing mails, and 10% actually contained malware or links to malware infected sites.
75% of the emails received from the top 10,000 UK websites proved to be unwanted, nuisance or dangerous spam mails.
Spam Ratings called the UK “one of the most dangerous places to surf the Internet in the World.” This all tallies with recent Symantec research published back in August, which showed the UK has doubled its spam output levels since April.
Our country is now responsible for 4.5% of the world’s spam, which makes it the fourth most prolific spammer in the world behind the US, India and Brazil.
Spam Ratings also noted that one in five websites breached email marketing best practices by automatically opting customers in to have their details shared or used by third parties. These included major brands such as Argos, Ticketmaster.co.uk, Money Supermarket and Littlewoods. Which is comforting to know.