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December’s spam and virus statistics from SoftScan

London, UK (7th January 2008) – SoftScan announced today that with spam levels reaching 97.02% and viruses accounting for just 0.11%, less than 3% of all email scanned was legitimate in December. Despite several high profile arrests and successful court cases throughout the year, it seems as if the spammers still have the upper-hand over law enforcement at least.

“Once again the rapid increase of spam throughout 2007 demonstrates that there is not enough deterrent for spammers to give up their highly lucrative enterprise,” says Diego d’Ambra, CTO of SoftScan. “Usually, when you look through our monthly statistics, you can quickly identify the weekends or major public holidays when there is less legitimate business email sent as the spam levels jump-up. In December however, except for some slightly lower levels in the first week, spam has remained consistently high throughout the month.”

Although the extreme sustained level of spamming could be attributed to less legitimate email being sent because so many people take time off work during December, SoftScan believes that this is unlikely as the company has not noticed this trend before either in December or in the summer holiday months.

The top five virus families in December 07 were:

1 – phishing: 87.54%
2 – dropper: 4.76%
3 – agent: 2.19%
4 – netsky: 1.24%
5 – downloader: 0.86%

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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 1 million 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.
www.softscan.co.uk

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