Spam for Levitra, Viagra and Cialis Sliding Down
Microsoft, which has recently conducted a study, reported that the number of unsolicited wanted e-mails offering cheap Viagra, inexpensive herbal drugs for male enhancement or sexual health is rapidly losing their attraction among spammers.
The Company revealed that during the last six months of 2008, there was a remarkable two third drop in the total number of spam mails for sex related drugs over the earlier six months of 2008. Moreover, between January and June 2008, spam promoting Viagra, Levitra, Cialis as well as other medications topped the list, accounting for over 30% of all spam. Later, during July-December 2008, the volume of these spam declined astonishingly below 10%.
Furthermore, during July-December 2008, junk e-mails relating to sexual medication occupying the highest position on the spam list were replaced with non-sexual medication e-mails which almost became twice in number during the period. Moreover, spam for drugs relating to hair loss, blood pressure, antihistamines, alternatives to high cost branded medicines and vitamins spiked from 20% during January-June 2008 to over 40% during July-December 2008.
Microsoft researchers have said that the unexpected and remarkable change in the volume of sexual spam might be due to the worsening of global economic conditions and changing economic priorities.
Furthermore, there is another reason that is responsible for this occurrence, according to the researchers. This relates to spammers are not earning enough from their investment possibly because people are becoming more wary and wiser in responding to these kinds of messages.
In fact, the changing priorities due to the recession are also observed in spam volumes pertaining to financial services and stock. These spam volumes shifted from a little over 5% of all spam during January-June 2008 to literally non-existent after the crash of the financial market, the researchers added.
However, elucidating on the point, Microsoft states that even though sexual medicinal spam has declined, the spam menace continues in full form. According to the Company, over the recent months, spam levels had been significantly high; in fact, over 97% of the total e-mail account for spam.
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» SPAMfighter News - 18-04-2009
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