96.4% of Email is Now Spam Reveals Messaging Expert
Ipswitch, a developer of network monitoring, messaging and managed file transfer solutions, today announced the result of its ninth Spamometer survey, revealing that 96.4% of all email received is spam, the highest rate since recording began. This compares with 95% the previous quarter and only 84% over the same period last year.
The biggest category of spam – Finance – accounts for 41% of all messages received in an email inbox; a quarter of spam emails were categorised as Medication; with Pornographic emails accounting for 21%. The rise in financial spam mirrors the current worrying trend for emails requesting recipients to call up illegitimate call centres and pass over personal financial information known as ‘Vishing’. Ipswitch’s research also found that spam from botnets accounted for 72% of all spam generated.