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Eleven - Spam Volumes Constantly Rising Worldwide

According to Eleven, a German e-mail security vendor, the volume of spam on a daily basis has doubled since April 1, 2009, as reported by PRNewsWire on May 20, 2009. Security analysts at 'Eleven' said that after the spam volumes had grown significantly during the latter part of April 2009, they noticed an even remarkable rise in the total spam traffic starting May 5, 2009.

According to them, during the period April 1, 2009-May 18, 2009, the overall spam rose 102%. This rise comprised a twofold increase in the level of spam prior to the closure of spam hoster McColo in November 2008. The closure had resulted in a dramatic, but seemingly tentative decline in the global spam at a rate of 60%, revealed Eleven. Actually, during the 1st week of February 2009, the mean volumes of spam came back to the levels that were observed before McColo's shutdown.

This rise in spam volumes is a reflection of the accomplishment of spammers and their strategies. They have already substituted a vast portion of the botnet formations.

Robert Rothe, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Eleven, states that the present growth in spam is the highest the company has observed after a very long time. It demonstrates the extent of the spammers' success in reconstructing their infrastructure post the McColo happening, as reported by PRNewsWire on May 20, 2009.

Furthermore, the spam surge perhaps indicates that spam mailers have learnt a lesson from the McColo's shutdown. The rapid pace at which they have reconstructed their infrastructure shows the flexibility with which they can adapt to adverse situations, Eleven analysts remarked.

The greatest threat from spam, as per the analysts, relates to its enormous volume, which could result in the same way as a DoS (Denial-of-Service) attack does, leading to overload or even collapse of an e-mail system.

In this connection, Rothe said ISPs are particularly vulnerable to the growing problem of spam because for them and other organizations, maintaining pertinent e-mail communication for business purposes becomes crucial at every moment, as reported by darkREADING on May 20, 2009.

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