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Spam is now 90 percent of all email

According to this article in c|net, Symantec’s MessageLab released a report last Monday that claims just over ninety percent of global email traffic is now spam, after a five percent increase from April to May 2009. The report also indicates that older, established sites are now being used to host various types of malware more often than newly-minted sites. Spammers are attacking these older and more trustworthy domains, compromising them so that they become hosts and distribution points for malware and spam content.

Contrary to some popular notions, this report claims that spam originates evenly from three geographic areas: the Americas are responsible for about 35% of spam, versus 32% from Europe and 28% from Asia. About 58% of all spam comes from known botnets evenly distributed around the globe, although the botnet known as Donbot is alone responsible for 18%. Continue reading Spam is now 90 percent of all email

Spam in The New Yorker?

The school year is just weeks away, and with it will come a larger-than-usual boatload of email spam. The New Yorker magazine explains the problem of spam, and how we continue to lose the battle:

In 2001, spam accounted for about five per cent of the traffic on the Internet; by 2004, that figure had risen to more than seventy per cent. This year, in some regions, it has edged above ninety per cent — more than a hundred billion unsolicited messages clogging the arterial passages of the world’s computer networks every day. The flow of spam is often seasonal. It slows in the spring, and then, in the month that technology specialists call “black September” — when hundreds of thousands of students return to college, many armed with new computers and access to fast Internet connections — the levels rise sharply.

Hat tip to goodexperience.com.