Spam – those ever-present and annoying drug ads, announcements of lottery winnings, or dating services that show up in your inbox – make up about 94% of all email, according to The New York Times. This is back up to the level of last October.
Briefly, at the end of 2008, the amount of spam traffic was cut by 70% after the large Internet providers knocked offline a California web-hosting server that spammers were using to coordinate email attacks.
According to The Times, this year, average spam volumes have increased about 1.2% each day. And, “what the spammers have been using to rebuild is more technically advanced than what got taken out and is itself a more resilient technology,” explains a spokesperson for an email security company.