After Respite, Spam Now 94% of All Email

Nov. crackdown cut junk by 70%, but mailers have recovered
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2009 12:16 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Like it or not, spam has made a comeback. Unwanted junk email is back up to 94% of all traffic, according to Google’s anti-spam Postini division. Spammers suffered a setback in November, when web backbone providers banned McColo Corp., a server spammers used to coordinate attacks, the New York Times reminds. That led to a dramatic, and, alas, all-too-brief 70% dip in spam traffic.

“By far, it was the most dramatic event we have ever seen,” said Postini’s marketing manager. This year, however, spam volumes have increased at a 1.2%-per-day clip, as spammers construct peer-to-peer spamming botnets, a less-centralized, and hence less vulnerable, alternative to control hubs like McColo.