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SoftScan releases spam and virus statistics for May

London, UK (1st June 2007) – Spam levels remained relatively unchanged during May, with 88.51% of all email scanned by SoftScan classified as spam. Virus levels dropped slightly to 1.40%. Despite the prominent arrest of Robert Soloway and claims this month that image spam is on the decrease, SoftScan does not believe that spam levels will drop significantly anytime soon.

“Some people are predicting that spam levels will drop with the arrest of the so called ‘Spam King’ this week. However, I always think it’s a mistake to underestimate a spammer, it’s a sure fire way of finding yourself ambushed. Every business has a contingency plan and there is no reason to suspect that spammers are any different,” says Diego d’Ambra, CTO of SoftScan. “Although it has been relatively quiet on the spam front for the past eight weeks, a sudden spike that caused a 25% increase at the beginning of the week has shown that the spammers are still out there and mean business.”

SoftScan also believes that stories of image spam being replaced by links to picture websites is unlikely to work as a spamming tactic, since a link within an email is actually easier to detect than some of the more complex and sophisticated image spam seen today. Although it does perhaps indicate that image spam is not the success that spammers hoped it would be.

“My guess is that spammers do what they believe is best possible tactic - if image spam was a success they would stick to that,” concludes Diego d’Ambra.

The top five virus families in May 07 were:
1 – phishing: 93.49%
2 – small: 2.66%
3 – netsky: 0.81%
4 – stration: 0.78%
5 – mytob: 0.49%


About SoftScan
SoftScan provides a fully managed email security and archiving service that relieves organisations from the burden of using internal resources, whilst enabling full configurability to comply with company policy. SoftScan’s award-winning service protects over 900,000 users in more than 100 countries by combining three market leading virus scanners with its proven heuristic scanner, Paranoid, to deliver one of the most effective virus and spam filters in the world. Paranoid’s powerful, intelligent scanning capability enables it to stop viruses as yet undetected by conventional scanners, delivering zero-day protection.

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