Spam still failing to be canned


Some 95 per cent of all email messages currently being received is spam, new figures have revealed.

Statistics from the latest Spamometer survey by technology firm Ipswitch have shown that this is the highest level since the study began.

Health and drug spam was found to account for the biggest proportion of unsolicited messages, followed by pornography, 'undecipherable' emails containing embedded images, gambling, and finance and phishing.

'Spam remains the scourge of the modern business, resulting in lost productivity in offices throughout the land and shows no sign of disappearing,' commented Chris Greaves, Ipswitch sales director for northern Europe.

Instances of spam with PDF attachments saw a sharp spike in growth earlier this year as attackers realised their contents could not be scanned, but have since declined as spammers found that these tactics did not work, according to Graham Cluley of security firm Sophos.