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Is cybercrime getting too easy?

According to a story in the Register, cybercriminals have created a "plug and play" phishing kit that dramatically increases the speed with which servers can be attacked. The toolkit – contained in a single file – makes it possible for even technically illiterate would be fraudsters to create phishing sites on a compromised server in the blink of an eye (or two seconds, to be more exact).

A new report from Jupiter Research shows that 11 percent of all online shopping is now done by Hispanics, a percentage that’s only expected to grow. The report predicts Hispanic shoppers will spend almost $13 billion on e-commerce purchases this year. By 2011 that’s expected to grow to more than $22 billion, or 13 percent of the total. The study also shows Hispanic consumers are more likely to do research online before going to a physical store to make a purchase.

According to the latest State of Spam report from Symantec, image spam continues to subside, averaging 14.5% of all spam e-mails in June, down from 27 percent in April and 37 percent in March. At its peak in January image spam accounted for more than half of all spam. But the bad news is that there has been a steady increase in new spam techniques that reference spam images in different ways.