Spam is persistent and still the most common cyberattack. It is luckily not problematic to the same extent as it was at the dawn of the Web. Email and communication platforms are nowadays much better at discerning wanted emails from junk.
How does spam work?
Spam and spamming are usually nothing more than unwanted e-mails or communication that are really unwanted. The message that is sent to a user, arrives from a sender that is usually unknown and from an unknown origin.
Who is vulnerable to spam?
Everyone. Spam is consistently found everywhere online, in blogs with ads, online classified ads, mobile phone messaging, internet forums, and e-mail spam. Sadly enough, the Internet is a very efficient way of distributing information. That means for the Internet user that it is very easy to send a huge amount of unwanted information really fast, clogging the Internet highways with junk.
Why would someone spam?
There is also little or no affiliation at all with the product or service that is being marketed by the responding company. Sometimes the material that is sent is totally faked in order to get the user to click or open up a webpage for sinister purposes, sometimes containing a computer virus.
Spammers usually just want the attention of some sort and set in motion a barrage of email efforts to a system, that sometimes can be cloaked as a DDoS attack. DDoS is something that an intrusion detection system is great at thwarting since the system knows the IP from the trial-based attack.
What can be done to prevent spam attacks?
For the most part, a great antivirus product or an Adware system takes away the main part of the spamming efforts. However, if you have already been affected or do have an infected computer in your network behind your firewall it is another story.
There are a number of efficient spam filters available and Syspeace complements these tools by securing the servers they run. Syspeace is your cybercrime solution to protect your business against brute force attacks and is an important complement to internet usage policies, firewalls, and antivirus software.