Commtouch Security Number of the Month May 2013: 50% Financial Loss for Victims of Pump and Dump Spam
MCLEAN, Virginia, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
In March 2013, pump and dump spam struck back with a force not seen since 2008. It
attempts to lure email recipients into buying cheap stock with a low trading volume which
the spammers previously bought at a low price. Once enough users have bought shares and
the stock price has risen, the spammers sell – resulting in gains for them and losses for
other buyers. In the case of a typical pump and dump campaign launched on April 19, the
spammers bought the shares for as low as $0.22 and then sold them for as high as $0.40,
causing the stock to plummet to $0.20. In this way, the spammers gained more than 80
percent while the victims lost up to 50 percent (estimates based on analyses of the stock
during the campaign).
Each month beginning in May 2013, the research team of Commtouch(R) (NASDAQ: CTCH), a
leading provider of Internet security technology and cloud-based services, presents the
“Commtouch Security Number of the Month” – a number representing and illustrating a
current issue or trend in email security.
See the attached Commtouch illustration that depicts the pump and dump spam process.
Commtouch(R) (NASDAQ: CTCH) is a leading provider of Internet security technology and
cloud-based services for vendors and service providers, increasing the value and
profitability of our customers’ solutions by protecting billions of Internet transactions
on a daily basis. With 12 global data centers and award-winning, patented technology,
Commtouch’s email, Web, and antivirus capabilities easily integrate into our customers’
products and solutions, keeping safe more than 350 million end users. To learn more, visit
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