Email spam rate drops below 50% for the first time in over a decade: Symantec

20 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Email Spam Rates Dip Below 50 Percent.

While the classic penis-enlargement and Nigerian prince messages still creep into your daily mail, most folks are likely to find emails pushing Lasik eye surgery, online nursing degrees, and auto insurance.The latest figure comes from security firm Symantec’s June 2015 Intelligence Report, which notes this is the first time in over a decade that the rate has fallen below 50 percent. Or perhaps quarrying and excavating: At 56 percent, the mining industry took the award for highest spam rate during May, topping its previous performance of 55 percent.

It may be that spam is being replaced by another cyber nuisance, as Symantec reports a significant rise in malware being made, up from 29.2m in April to 57.6m in June. Law enforcement, along with companies including Microsoft, have aggressively gone after some of the largest botnets over the last few years and worked to technically shut them down. At one of the peaks of the spam epidemic, in June 2009, 5.7 trillion of the 6.3 trillion messages sent were spam, according to past data from Symantec. Symantec also reported spam rates by organization size, and you might be surprised to learn that smaller companies—those with one to 500 employees—are most likely to shower you with straight-to-the-trash emails. Improved filtering and blocking also means that fewer unsolicited marketing messages reach inboxes where people might click on a message to buy a product.

Whereas still below the degree seen at the tip of 2014, Gregorian calendar month depicted the second month during a row that Crypto- ransomware attacks enlarged since reaching a 12-month low in April. The decline of spam is usually attributed to legal prosecution against botnets (including by major tech companies like Microsoft), faster reaction times by network providers, improved blocking, and better filtering. That’s not to say spam is going to completely stop, but as the cost of entry into the spam business rises and the likelihood of a return falls, it’s less of an incentive.

The news comes after Google last week introduced Gmail Postmaster Tools, which lets qualified high-volume senders—e-retailers, crowdfunding sites, governments, etc.—analyze their email, including data on delivery errors, spam reports, and reputation. Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Symantec noted that phishing and email-based malware fell in June, which is evidence that “attackers are simply moving to other areas of the threat landscape.” So, email users could technically rejoice, because for the time in 12 long years, there are slightly higher chances that their next unread email is actually legit, rather some sort of scam, plot or hoax, that aims to attack their digital information in some way.

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