Spam Sets Record, Accounts For 94% Of E-mail

The volume of spam rocketed in December to account for a record 94% of all Internet-sent e-mail during the month, a message security company said Wednesday. "This continued rise in spam levels is threatening the viability of e-mail for businesses and is sapping the productivity of hundreds of millions of workers around the world," said Daniel Druker, Postini's executive VP of marketing, in a statement. The portion of e-mail that Postini pegged as spam reached 94% in December, an all-time record. The company blocked 25 billion spam messages aimed at 36,000 clients that month, an increase of 144% over the same month in 2005.

Druker laid much of the increase at the feet of the "Happy New Year" worm -- aka Nuwar, Mixor, and Tibs -- which was heavily spammed to users before and during the last weekend of 2006. Postini blocked more than three times the number of Happy New Year worm messages than the next-most spammed malware, a variant of the long-running Netsky family.

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The uneducated internet user.

Like someone else said, you should have a filter in place in your e-mail box. Any e-mail address that you don't specify as knowing gets sent to a crap folder. In the event that you'll be getting an e-mail from a website after registration, look for it in your junk pile. If you're still worried you might delete an important one, then quickly skim the spam folder. It's easy to spot what's real and what it isn't because of the grammar, sender name, etc.

Easier solution: Never read spam, nobody makes money, incentive is gone, no more spam.

Question is, who's actually clicking this crap and giving their money to spammers?

It's funny to me how these things keep happening and amounts keep increasing over time when all it takes is to identify where the emails are coming from and a letter from some law firm that they are getting sued.

Let's face it, people are making serious money out there due to this yet no one can do a thing about it? Sounds sad to me. The technology to do something about it is there, its the laws that are getting in the way. A reassessment of those laws is what is bring all this to a stand off.

Some foresight from email providers should also be used and should have been used. Those companies that fork over emails to marketing companies should also be subject to harsh fines, just as much as the marketing companies that are responsible for these types of emails should face fines and time served, along with seized wealth & assets.

Make those companies and example and bring them to their knees, that typically stops them.

So now email knows what is like to be the U.S. Postal Service. It has been hijacked by junk/scam-peddlers but must be kept alive for its legitimate uses.

At least email is tree friendly...I wonder how many trees junk mail kills per year...?

In the end, we have to live with it. The only way to shut out junk is to effectively turn your freedom over to the police. Having not exactly used, but having been familiar with the Internet since 1995 or so, it is sad to see what it is becoming given its very liberty-driven roots. A wise man, need not mention names, once said to the effect that those who give up freedom for security deserve neither. I will add that not only do they deserve neither, they will definitely have neither.

Never get any. My inbox has only 2 mail filters. If you are on my list then it goes to the read box, if you are not then it get deleted. Those who send spam deserve to be shot, their assests seized and sold.

ozyborn said,
Never get any. My inbox has only 2 mail filters. If you are on my list then it goes to the read box, if you are not then it get deleted. Those who send spam deserve to be shot, their assests seized and sold.

lol so you dont expect on getting any emails from people who you dont know then?

The other one noted a drop at the end of December and start of January.

This one noted that this December was up over last.

I don't think that they are necessarily contradicting.