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Report: Email Spam Down to 2008 Levels

     
6:50 pm on Dec 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Report: Email Spam Down to 2008 Levels [news.cnet.com]
Think you're seeing less junk mail in your inbox these days? If so, it's not just your imagination.

The rate of spam across the world has hit close to a three-year low and now encompasses just 70 percent of all e-mails, according to Symantec's November Intelligence Report (PDF).

That number is a healthy drop from 2009 when spam accounted for 90 percent of all global e-mails. And it's close to the 68 percent level seen in late 2008 after the spam hosting ISP McColo was shut down.

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Dang it.. that just means my embedded scam/spam filter will have less to do. :)
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I wonder if that is simply because people use facebook, twitter and webchat to communicate more?
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I wonder if that is simply because people use facebook, twitter and webchat to communicate more?

By depressing the volume of legitimate email that would increase the proportion that was spam.
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According to my own stats, unsolicited business e-mail is up, and junk spam seems about the same to me. My stats are based upon a relatively small sample, compared to these global surveys.
 

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