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Spam Breaks the Language Barrier

November’s spam and virus statistics from SoftScan

London, UK (4th December 2007) – SoftScan announced today that spam has pushed up its record breaking levels even further during November when the company classified 96.3% of all emails scanned as junk mail. SoftScan also notes that spam is more frequently appearing in languages other than English and that the grammar and spelling is far more convincing to native speakers than before.

“Local language spam has normally been easy for users to spot as it had obviously been translated electronically,” comments Diego d’Ambra, CTO of SoftScan. “Fed-up with getting lost in translation, it appears that spammers are starting to wake-up to the fact that if they want people to respond in some way, whether it’s clicking on a link or purchasing goods, that localisation is required.”

This is now the six consecutive month that spam has reached over the 90% mark. Since June junk mail has grown considerably from 90.06%, with two large increases in September (93.51%) and October (96.10%) to November’s high of 96.3%. At the weekends when there is less legitimate business email, spam levels were consistently over 98%, the highest figure recorded during the month was 98.71%.

In contrast, the amount of viruses within email messages appears to have fallen back to levels seen before the summer. In November, viruses accounted for just 0.08% of email scanned.

The top five virus families in November 07 were:

1 – phishing: 71.45%
2 – dropper: 9.32%
3 – faketube: 5.76%
4 – downloader: 2.74%
5 – netsky: 2.71%


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.

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