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Symantec: 87% of emails were spam in 2009

By Matthew ยท 14 replies
Dec 15, 2009
  1. According to a recent report by Symantec, a whopping 87.4% of this year's email messages were spam. That figure peaked in May, with spam accounting for 95% of all emails in the month. At its lowest, spam emails accounted for 73.8% of emails in early 2009 after the US ISP McColo was shut down in late 2008.

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 985   +229

    I guess I'm not surprised that the numbers are so ridiculously high. At the same time, I'm glad that e-mail is becoming less important to me, with many other alternatives becoming available.
  3. Rapidhic

    Rapidhic TS Rookie Posts: 24

    If facebook mails (add friend, group suggestion etc) are considered as spam then 87% its reasonable.
  4. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Sounds about right regarding me personally :) .
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,633   +695

    Those figures are unreal. I know a couple of spam kings have been arrested and sentenced recently. They really need to track down on more of those cretins and put the smack down on them.

    They're cluttering up the Internet and messing with my on-line gaming, dammit! ;)
  6. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    It's only a matter of time until they switch to alternatives, I've already received a couple of spam text messages on my work cell phone.
  7. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    If governments want to seek frivolous things to ban/censor (ie. the Australia internet 'crackdown' by 2011) they should focus on spam. If they could start tracking spammers and fine them it could make a nice little cash grab for big brother. Probably won't happen (for various reasons), but one can dream.
  8. Just wondering when some intelligent person is going to build a net bot that brings the symantic antivirus deffinions with it on a seek and destroy mission. It's time for proactivity regarding malware\spam. Clearly reactivity only drains money from your wallet.
  9. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,403   +875

    95% of all emails in may were spam. ^_^ I'm glad that i moved a few years ago from yahoo to gmail. no more spam problems
  10. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    Not surprising...
  11. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    I believe it. Google mail and hotmail both seem to be doing a pretty good job of blocking spam for me though, so it hasn't been too much of a problem. I am sure they could put all that processing power to better use though if spam wasn't so much of an issue.
  12. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Now that Cell :phones are no longer protected from unwanted calls in the USA, we are dealing with a new unwanted invasion. Business freedoms are out of control. Our staff has received over 100 unwanted, and costly, cell phone calls since the first of December, and that number will obviously go up.
    We can block most spam nowadays using a number of free or purchased internet tools, but should we have to?
  13. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    What we need is some way to prove a email is legit. I think Microsoft could start some free service .. starting with companies then it will trickle down to individuals. Kind of like internet explorer smart screen filter...it proves website is real.. Why is this so hard for someone to do??
  14. provim

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  15. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 838   +28

    I can see that being about right. When I came into work today there was 7 spam messages and one order in our one email box. And that's about what it is every morning. And that is just one email account out of 4 we have.
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