Monday, November 15, 2010

Spam overwhelms e-mail messages: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report

More than 97% of all e-mails sent over the net are unwanted, according to a Microsoft security report.

The e-mails are dominated by spam adverts for drugs, and general product pitches and often have malicious attachments.

The report found that the global ratio of infected machines was 8.6 for every 1,000 uninfected machines.

Cybercriminals are profiting from spam and 'scareware'
"Scareware" is a fast-growing threat to computer users, with cybercriminals promoting fake security software to exploit users' desire to keep their computers protected, according to Microsoft's sixth Security Intelligence Report.

And although Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates predicted in 2004 that spam would be "a thing of the past" within two years, the company now reports that around 97% of all the emails sent over the net are unwanted.

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