The quantity of e-mail spam has dropped in the second quarter ended June 30, 2012. This, Internet security experts believe, is because the spammers and hackers are on seasonal holiday. “The amount of spam is falling. Many spam bot computers (the computers that spread their network like wildfire by making the victim PCs their slaves) are turned off while their owners are on a holiday,” security firm Kaspersky has said in an analysis of spam. It will further fall because of economic slowdown and advertisers moving to coupon services to reach users instead of depending on spam.

“We expect a gradual decline in the proportion of spam, which could drop to the 65 per cent mark of total mail traffic within the next year,” it said. “In the second quarter, the share of spam in mail traffic was down by 2.3 percentage points compared to the previous quarter, averaging 74.3 per cent,” it said in its latest report.

The proportion of e-mails with malicious attachments decreased by 0.3 percentage points compared to the first quarter.

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(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 18, 2012)
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