Are you frustrated by the number of spam emails in your inbox that promise you everything from ways to double your money to free trips around the world? If the answer is yes, then a report published by Kaspersky lab should come as a small sigh of relief. The report states that the spam traffic has been steadily decreasing throughout 2012 to hit a five-year low of 72.1 percent which is an 8.2 percent drop from 2011.
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Spam filters detecting nearly 98 percent of fraudulent emails and DKIM signatures that verify the domain from which emails are sent are some of the biggest reasons for this drop in spam volumes. The other big reason for this drop is that advertisers are moving away from spam emails to other inexpensive and legal platforms that are available on social network these days. Also Read - Twitter reduces number of accounts one can follow in a day to slow spammers
Darya Gudkova, Head of Content Analysis & Research Kaspersky Lab concurred saying, “In 2012, the percentage of spam decreased over the course of the year, and this drop is the result of a gradual departure of advertisers from spam to other, more convenient and legal means of promoting goods and services. However, that doesn’t mean spam is headed the way of the dodo anytime soon: malicious spam, fraud, and advertising of illegal goods cannot simply or easily migrate to legal platforms, due to their own inherently criminal nature.”
In spite of the drop in the overall percentage of spam in mail traffic, the proportion of emails with malicious attachments fell only slightly to 3.4 percent. This is a very large percentage, considering that this number reflects only emails with malicious attachments and ignores other spam emails containing links to malicious websites.