Spam hits record high in February

Security firm SoftScan claims that throughout February, its anti-spam systems identified a record-breaking average of e-mail as junk: 90.3%. November 2006 was the last time that spam levels were as high (89.73%). The highest levels were seen during weekends, when there is less legitimate email – on one Sunday spam reached a record 96.22%. After sudden dips in spam levels at the beginning of the year, February showed that spammers are still out there in force, the company said.

"Even on a good day when spam levels are comparatively low the overall trend is creeping upwards, which is not good news for email users. Without harsher sentencing and greater fines, there is little incentive for the majority of spammers to cease. Like the botnets the spammers control, even when one disappears a replacement is always available," said Phil Watts, managing director of SoftScan UK.

News source: vnunet

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