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Spam Volume Drops, but Spammers Find New Techniques

MessageLabs highlights in its Intelligence 2008 Security Report that spam volume has declined slightly from 2007 although spammers have discovered new techniques to distribute their sales promoting spam mails as well as malware.

The report states that the total spam rates averaged 81.2% this year (2008) against 84.6% in 2007. Botnets distributed a major 90% of spam until the two US ISPs, held responsible for hosting the control and command servers of some large botnets that pushed out 50% of the entire spam, were shut down in the autumn.

But since then, botnets have found alternative service providers, leading to a comeback of spam rates by nearly the amount as before the shutdown. A frightening trend...

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