Email spam has become a bit of a joke. We can easily identify spam from legitimate emails about as easy as telling the difference between a tree and a plank of wood. So it comes as no surprise that email spam is becoming a thing of the past. At least, that is according to security software company Symantec.
Whether you’re being offered millions by some Zimbabwean prince, being offered the best “s3x” of your life, or being told about this great new weight loss drug, we’ve all received spam at some point in our lives online. It’s a method that’s dying out apparently, as tricksters and hackers are looking for other ways to get your personal information.
Symantec has revealed that overall, spam rate has dropped to 49.7 per cent, making it the first time in a little over a decade that the spam email rate has fallen under 50 per cent, and the lowest since September 2003 that a rate this low has been made a note of.
While this seems like something positive, Symantec reports that even though the rates are down, there were 57.6 million new malware variants being created in June alone as cybercriminals begin to look for new ways to attack your systems. This figure is up from the 44.5 million types reported in May, and 29.2 million types created in April. Yep, that’s a pretty shocking incline.
In the report, Ben Nahorney, Symantec’s Cyber Security Threat Analyst said:
This increase in activity lends more evidence to the idea that, with the continued drops in email-based malicious activity, attackers are simply moving to other areas of the threat landscape.
So, while you may not receive any more emails saying that you’ve won the lottery of some random far-off country, the chances of you getting hit by some other malware is on the rise.