Where Did All The Spam Go?

Is it getting less spammy in your inbox? It's not just your imagination - according to Symantec, the volume of spam email sent decreased by over 80%:

There are many different factors that appear to be working together to make sending spam more difficult and less profitable for criminal gangs. In September 2010 the Spamit web site announced that it was ceasing operation due to “numerous negative events”. Spamit provided affiliate marketing services, allegedly helping to pay spammers for promoting many spam advertised web sites, notably the “Canadian Pharmacy” operation which was one of the most spam advertised brands.

The demise of Spamit corresponded with a large drop in spam volumes, from approximately 100 to 75 billion spam per day from the end of September to mid November 2010. It is not known exactly what the “negative events” are referred to by Spamit, but it is thought that these may be associated with increased attention by regulatory bodies and law enforcement in the activities of the group.

Even though the level of spam has decreased, it still accounts for more than 70% of all emails sent. Martin Lee of Symantec's Security Community blog has more: Link - via Mashable and Cubiclebot


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