Expect less Viagra spam: Kaspersky

Posted at 11/03/2010 3:01 PM | Updated as of 11/03/2010 3:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines - After a huge online distribution network of illegal spam was closed last month, content management solutions provider Kaspersky Lab assures that people will be seeing less unsolicited advertisements of male enhancement product Viagra.

SpamIt, a partner program that is most notorious for sending out adverts of Viagra, was closed down last October 1.

"Programs such as SpamIt comprise thousands of affiliates, each calling itself a 'webmaster,' working day and night to drive as much user traffic to their partners' stores as [much as] possible," Kaspersky Lab said in a statement.

It continued, "The stores sell fake watches, fake anti-virus software, fake pills and even fake love, with the webmasters making thousands of dollars per day in commissions."

Before the announcement, Kaspersky saw a slight decline in e-mail spam by 1.5 percentage points.

This reduction in spam, however, may be short-lived as former partners of SpamIt may already be looking for alternative sources of income such as sending e-mails containing malicious attachments.

"In fact, Kaspersky is expecting a new platform to rise and continue the former work of SpamIt," the company said.

Meanwhile, Kaspersky warned of the rising incidence of phishing -- or masquerading as a trustworthy entity in electronic communication to acquire sensitive information such as usernames -- in the past months.

The company said users of electronic payment system PayPal, World of Warcraft gamers, online banking customers of HSBC and Facebook accounts were top targets in September.