Spam accounts for nearly 95 per cent of email

Spam email accounted for between 90 and 95 per cent of all email in 2007, up from an estimated five per cent of email in 2001, according to a report from web security company Barracuda Networks.

The report, which analysed more than one billion daily email messages sent to more than 50,000 users worldwide, also tracked the increasing complexity of spam techniques over the past several years. 2007 witnessed the majority of spammers using identity obfuscation techniques, in which spammers send email from diverse sources throughout the internet. Other spamming trends also include the increased the use of attachments, including as PDF files and other file formats.

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I use Mail.com, I'd say about 10% is spam.

And I didn't get it before, I registered for something with it, and BANG! I started getting spam. (Now I keep seperate emails for registering for things and for personal stuff )

Wow, I had no idea. Check this out, Ive never had a drop of spam in my main email that Ive had for over 10 years. Spam, just like spyware, can be completely avoided with just a bit of diligence. Oh, almost forgot to add, this is with zero anti-spam tools.

Quote - PENGUINwithM4A1
So glad i use Gmail!

Or as I like to call it, Gspam...I cleared this a few days ago and look at it this morning:

I still love Gmail, but man is it spammy...at least it catches most of it.

solardog said,
Wow, I had no idea. Check this out, Ive never had a drop of spam in my main email that Ive had for over 10 years. Spam, just like spyware, can be completely avoided with just a bit of diligence. Oh, almost forgot to add, this is with zero anti-spam tools.


Or as I like to call it, Gspam...I cleared this a few days ago and look at it this morning:

I still love Gmail, but man is it spammy...at least it catches most of it.

That's not really gmail's fault, though, it's the same for all of the major email providers (Yahoo, hotmail, etc.). It's easier for someone to write a script that emails aaaaaaaaaaa@gmail.com all the way to zzzzzzzzzzzz@gmail.com than it is to harvest actual emails. It doesn't make sense to do this on random domain names, but for domains you KNOW have thousands of users with email accounts, you know you're going to get a bunch of hits.
Plus. since most of these sites are nice enough to send an "inxbox not found/does not exist" reply, it doesn't take long to build a database of actual addresses that you can sell on.

My top 10:

-A transfer from a bank of nigeria.
-v| a g r a and such. What is Cialis?
-p 3 n | s enlarger. (in my case a useless product)
-canadian pills.
-Macromedio suite for $15 and Windows XP Vista.
-Your accounting bank has been blocked.
-Mortgage loan.
-Rolex authuentically. (also finest replicas).
-Free iphone or ps3.
-Hi

i gotta agree ... most email especially in my gmail account etc is SPAM ..... so 95 percent is realistic if you ask me.

what i dont get is HOW they make money? ... cause if no one clicks on there crap, how can they make money?

ThaCrip said,
i gotta agree ... most email especially in my gmail account etc is SPAM ..... so 95 percent is realistic if you ask me.

what i dont get is HOW they make money? ... cause if no one clicks on there crap, how can they make money?

Well that's just it, people DO click them. Not very many and not very often, it's probably something like 1 in every 50,000 if not less, but when you're sending out literally millions of spam emails, it all adds up.

and this is news because....?

like we all don't already know that 95% of the emails we get are complete rubbish and bear no relation to anything important at all.

Whats the point of spam? Almost all of my "spam" is links to porn sites which don't work or emails which don't have anything in them, or are in a different language. It seems pretty pointless.

If it was advertising, I could see it then, but random garbage?

There are idiots out there who'd fall for the spam I get, about lotteries I have won and dictators who have named me in their will, not to mention the Africans who need to transfer money to me!

SimpleRules said,
There are idiots out there who'd fall for the spam I get, about lotteries I have won and dictators who have named me in their will, not to mention the Africans who need to transfer money to me!

I got those emails before. You mean to tell me they're not real? ****... i better call my bank

I've been getting tons of those blank emails too, it's weird. Every one is from a random name, no attachments, no body at all. What in the world is the point? The only thing I can figure out is that they are trying to harvest valid email addresses from people dumb enough to reply.

i get hundreds of spam emails a day, but they all go straight to my spam box. Still though, i wish i didn't get it at all, even though i dont even look at it just the thought of people sending all that crap is annoying.

Too much spam has been getting through gMail recently, every day I awake to claims that I have won the lottery, that I have been named in the will of a deceased South American dictator, that I must help my African brother to get money from the bank, etc ... I've never seen so much get through gMails filters.

it only started happening since they made it non-invite only (public). But it's been getting better as of late. Atleast mine has. I just make sure to mark things as spam and not just delete them. THat way they get marked as spam for other people too.

xDayan said,
Wow thats a lot of spam e-mails I get like 700 - 1200 a month :P

consider yourself lucky then. I get about 700 a day, when I look at the gmail spam box. Thank God none of them make it to my inbox.

Yep so does my Gmail account, the thing is i never used it! or signed up to anything with it.

Yet the hotmail account ive been using since 2002 gets 1 or 2 spam messages a week!

InsaneNutter said,
Yep so does my Gmail account, the thing is i never used it! or signed up to anything with it.

Yet the hotmail account ive been using since 2002 gets 1 or 2 spam messages a week!

Same with me. They must have randomly generated a list of possible email account addresses.