95 Billion Spam E-mails Sent in 2010
If you feel like more spam has been hitting your inbox this year, you're not alone. By the end of 2010, 95.1 billion spam e-mails will have been sent, according to the MessageLabs Intelligence Report issued by the security firm Symantec.
According to the report, 89.1 percent of all e-mails sent are spam. 1 in 284.2 e-mails contain malware and 1 in 444.5 e-mails contain phishing scams. 3,055 malicious websites are blocked each day, and experts also identified 339,600 different types of malware, a hundredfold increase from 2009.
These seem like shocking statistics, but security analysts aren't surprised.
Spam e-mails are the biggest money-makers, said Joe Stewart, director of malware analysis at the firm SecureWorks. The majority of botnets groups of hijacked computers programmed to automatically distribute spam operate in Russia and Eastern Europe, keeping them relatively safe from discovery, said Stewart. As long as that's the case, the spam campaigns will continue.
There's not a lot of risk to run an operation in Eastern Europe, Stewart told SecurityNewsDaily. The operations that ran in the United States got shut down by the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM), but CAN-SPAM doesn't apply to Russia -- they can pump out as much spam as they want. They're still making most possible money with least possible risk, he said.
Stewart said that even the arrest of a large-scale botnet operator, such as Oleg Nikolaenko, the 23-year-old Russian mastermind of the ((CONLINK|6429|Mega-Dâ?