Symantec Says Amount Of Spam Has Decreased

Symantec Says Amount Of Spam Has Decreased

Have you noticed less spam in your inbox lately? According to Symantec’s November Intelligence Report, the rate of spam worldwide is close to a three-year low. Symantec notes that spam currently encompasses 70 percent of all emails. Compared to 2009 when spam accounted for 90 percent of all global emails, this is a significant drop. After the spam hosting IPS McColo was shut down in 2008, spam levels reached a low of 68 percent.

The report also shows that the type of spam we’re receiving is changing. In November, Pharmaceutical spam was the most common, comprising 32.5 percent followed by watches and jewelry. Unsolicited newsletters, adult/sex/dating spam messages, and weight loss spam rounded out the top five types of spam.

Phishing is also on the rise globally. In November, the global phishing rate increased by 0.04 percentage points. On average, one in 302 emails, or 0.33 percent of messages, contained some form of a phishing attack. South Africa was the most targeted for phishing attacks in November.

The report also noted that malicious web sites are increasing. Each day, Symantec blocks about 4,915 malicious web sites, which marks an increase of 47.8 percent in just one month. November also saw a four-fold increase in the number of daily targeted attacks since January.

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Any news is good news when it comes to spam; the less the better I say!

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Symantec is full of it. It would be far more accurate to say "Symantec's ability to detect spam plummets." The amount hitting my gmail account has increased a bit, as per usual with the holidays.

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I get like say, 20 spam per day in both my spam folder and inbox folder.

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i guess that means less spam sandwhiches :(

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My spam count has definitely picked up during the holiday season this year, not cool.

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"In my Hotmail account , every spam I get , I report it as a Phishing Scam, works like a charm, I hardly get spam. on the Gmail side of things , is another story. Even if I mark it as spam, I still get more spam, even from the same person. I think i'm just too lazy to filter stuff out."

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I really enjoy gmail because of this... 

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Yeah right... The corporate spam filter for my organization blocks over 90% of the messages we receive because they are spam.

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LOL! I agree with optimus. My hotmail account is pretty solid about blocking spam. My gmail account , not so much. How many free steak dinners can one person win? :P

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omegadoom13:
How many free steak dinners can one person win? :P

"How about  the outstanding fact on, how many Nigerians have so much trust in you, that they want to make confidential business deals with you. I seem to be very popular in that country." 

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Huh... Seems like I am the only one with a working Gmail account that blocks spam.

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i have nearly none.

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Yeah; my Yahoo account blocks spam, my Gmail account's do so only because I have them split up. I have one I register with almost anyone if asked to register, and one for business/personal. Of course on the new build I have not been uber deep into it either.

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theyve been using some super computer (im blanking out right now) to track down spammers

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I don't know about all that but i think I got a great deal with some guy that wants to transfer me a million dollars and I need to do is wire him a moneyorder.....................I still get 20-30 in my spam folder and another 50-80 aday of news letters,updates,sales adds, and other general junk that takes about 5mins to DELETE. It does not help that I still have the same AOL email address I got in 1994. I don't use AOL software on my computer. I open my AOL mail in Explorer and everything else is done in FireFox.

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I would dispute this finding. I think the spammers are getting better, not worse, at finding ways to get past spam detection. And since symantec is using data from detected spam, not undetected spam, I wonder if the numbers are really going down.

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I am not sure if symantec is the best of companies to publish tis sort of report as it come across as tuting their own horn but perhaps i am wrong. Any way this is phenomanal that spam has dropped so muh. no body likes it and i believe the drop is due mostly to companies like avg and symantex. The plague on the internet in that last few years has abated while we watched barriers erected keeping the sick away. the usefulness of virus protection is more aparrent as thy start to actually eliminate the problem.

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i would like to make a omparison. The act of destroying all viruses on computers would be as hard and as beneficial as the extinction of small pocks was.

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