Growth of Spam Win over Virus
The statistics of IE Internet, a messaging and e-mail security company, revealed that the US continues to remain on the top in the spam league, accounting for 43.18% of total spam detected last month (January 2008). Germany, for the first time, has bagged the second spot by contributing 39.77% spam.
Chief Technical Officer of IE Internet, Ken O'Driscoll, stated, as per the news published by siliconrepublic on January 4, 2008, that most of the spam traffic in Germany comes through the offshore attackers who use rented space in an important center against a country-wide issue.
The study by the IE research further reveals that other countries that have become the prime origin of the spam are Poland and France. The statistics further show that the rate at which Irish Internet users receive spam in their mail boxes climbed to around 63.28% in the month of January 2008, as reported by irish dev on February 4, 2008.
O'Driscoll further commented that the problem of spam will not loose ground at all. The research by IE Internet revealed that the rate at which viruses entered into the computers through e-mail is relatively low (4.17%), and has remained unchanged since past several months, as reported by irish dev on February 4, 2008.
O'Driscoll also explained that virus writers still write malware at the same pace as earlier, but due to the extensive measures taken by the security research companies to block virus mails, the penetration of spam mails into the inboxes of the users have reduced considerably. O'Driscoll further added that attackers are now moving towards other ways like Websites from e-mails to spread viruses.
On the other hand, IE Internet predicts for further increase in the level of spam in 2008, following the last year trends. But the study showed that the rate of spam originating from the US will decrease.
O'Driscoll further said that the fact that as people are in a shopping mood at this time of the season and are much eager to shop, they access the ad mails more often. The statement was reported by ENN on January 8, 2008.
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