The security firm Symantec found that the amount of spam emails sent decreased to less than 50 percent of total volume in the month of June, making it the lowest junk mail rate since 2003.
As well as spam, a potentially more risky problem with email is the risk of malware infection.
Email spam is at a 12-year low, security software company Symantec said, according to Digital Trends.
The study shows that only 49.7 of the messages in our email boxes represent spam letters and neither of them are as annoying as the well-known money-begging messages. Whether you are communicating at work, reaching out to your family, or simply looking to get updates on the latest tech news from TechSmash; email is something we can not live without.
However, on the downside, the report says there were more than 57 million new variants of malware created in June, up from 44.5 million in May.
It remains to be seen how this spam-malware ratio will behave from here on, but it is recommended that internet users keep their antivirus programs updated at all times.
Surprisingly, the industry that sent the most spam emails in June was mining, with a spam rate of 56.1%.
According to Symantec, these statistics give credibility to the idea that malware-based attackers are slowly starting to leave behind their traditional e-mail based activities and redirecting towards more productive areas.
The only example that did not fall into that pattern was companies that had between 251 and 500 employees, which had a spam rate of 53.2%. While this is below what occurred at the end of 2014, it is the second month in a row that ransomware attacks have increased.
Also, unlike six or seven years ago, sending billions of messages per day from massive botnets isn’t as feasible anymore. The company’s network monitors threat activity in over 157 countries and territories through a combination of Symantec products and services such as Symantec DeepSight Intelligence, Symantec Managed Security Services, Norton consumer products, and other third-party data sources.
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