Even though SoftScan have a product to promote, the figures from their website today are fairly grim.
I have several email accounts; davy001(at) gmail.com and davy001(at)hotmail.com are the two published accounts. I had to abandon the Hotmail account a few years ago as a practical option even though I had opened it well before Microsoft owned it and long before Spam became the problem that it is. Interestingly firstname.lastname@example.org which I have never published (until now) is only junk – mainly from people who want me to open bank accounts on their behalf and offer me a good cut of ther percentage. Well, that’s what I think they want, because I don’t open them. They tend to have the subject line "Dear Sims" or similar .
Another account which I don’t use much – and only three or four people know is the "other" gmail account which does fantastically well at getting spam – almost always sorted into the Bulk Mail box. I have two other accounts; one operated by my employer which is pretty good at catching spam and an other which has never had spam and only a few people – friends only – know about that one.
So these figures did not really surprise me. With the exclusion of my employers email, my mail to spam ratio is about 1:500 – at least most of the Bulk Mail boxes operate fairly well. So that’s pretty appalling, really. Even if I did want a product I was being spammed about, I would not, yea, never, never buy of a spammer. It’s internet abuse, plain amd simple.
SoftScan announced today that the torrent of spam over the past month has not decreased, the final percentage of emails stopped by SoftScan as spam during November was 89.73%, marginally up from last month’s 89.07%. Image spam, reportedly on the increase, is also becoming more sophisticated in an attempt to confuse scanners. Viruses remained low, accounting for just 0.42% of all email scanned.
The list below shows the top five global zones that spam originated from, according to SoftScan’s statistics. The most prolific country was Poland, which accounted for 15.3% of all junk mail sent from Europe.
1 Europe: 61.89%
2 Far East: 11.93%
3 North America: 10.26%
4 South America: 5.36%
5 South East Asia: 4.73%