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Symantec’s State of the Spam / 2008

October 2nd, 2008 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · No Comments

With the recent Russian spam attack on my business inbox, I have found out three interesting facts:

First, I really “prefer” my spam in English / Hebrew.
Second, Mr. Gates didn’t keep his promise* (what???) to a world without spam…
Third, Spam isn’t personal, everybody have it and Symantec have some nice monthly statistics** about it so we could all feel normal back again.


Spam highlights from last two reports (8-9/2008)

– More than 80% of our emails are spam!

– Top spam “stories”

  • Breaking News…McCain Chooses Paris Hilton as Running Mate
  • Download IE7 … the Latest Version (I know someone who tried it :)
  • Malware + Spam + Phishing = The Trifecta of Threats to Financial Institutions (I got a lot of these…)
  • Olympic-Themed Spam Continued in August 2008
  • Spammers’ Bullseye: Obama, McCain and the Olympic Games
  • World War III Spam Hoax (I must admit, this one is really innovative :)
  • Phishing Email Targets Microsoft POP3 User Data
  • Bilingual Spam Messages Emerge

– Spam categories

  • Internet 27% (was 18% in June)
  • Products 20%
  • Financial 17%
  • Health 17%
  • Scams 7%
  • Leisure 4%
  • Fraud 4%
  • Adult 4%

* “Two years from now, spam will be solved” (Bill Gates, DAVOS – Switzerland; Jan. 2004)
** Each month Symantec publishes its State-of-the-Spam-Report highlighting major spam events or trends observed during the previous month.

Tags: Conspiracy · Internet

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