Spam Emails Drop below 50% for First Time in 12 Years

19 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Email Spam Rates Are Now Lower Than Ever.

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. Compared to the previous report that the enterprise published in 2003, spam emails only cover 49.7 per cent of emails; thus showing that the recent measures have helped reduce spamming by 50 percent. 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. The study shows that only 49.7 of the messages in our email boxes represent spam letters and neither of them are as annoying as the well-known money-begging messages. 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.”

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