Several spam and malware campaigns have used the recent death of Michael Jackson as captivating way to capture new spam victims.  As the news continues to surround Jackson’s death, spam will also likely continue to do so.  Spam related to July 4th holiday was also highly visible recently.  Symantec’s July 2009 State of Phishing Report states there was a 21% increase from last month in all phishing attacks.  To see that report and more, click here.

WingSwept wants to remind its customers and the general public to beware of these more creative and appealing approaches, including the use of prominent news stories.  Remember, spammers will use anything notable to distribute their unwanted messages.