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A decline in email spam?

A decline in email spam?

Posted Jul 8, 2011 5:23 UTC (Fri) by eru (subscriber, #2753)
Parent article: A decline in email spam?

As another anecdotal data point, I really have noticed a huge drop in spam beginning some time last year. My spam folder (filtered into by my ISPs Spamassassin installation) that used to be bulging ever day, now receives only a small trickle, and is even totally empty on some days, which used to be unheard of. I have long wondered what has caused the drop, which was quite sudden. A bust of major spam-sending botnets?

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A decline in email spam?

Posted Jul 8, 2011 19:39 UTC (Fri) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

I've also noticed a significant reduction in the amount of spam.

some of it may be the breaking up of some botnets (some of the declines did correlate directly to high-profile breakups), but given that new botnets are being created, I wonder about that being the long term cause. I suspect that the profits from spam have been on the decline and the people who lost their spam botnets haven't bothered to replace them (or are concentrating on more targeted approaches rather than just blanket coverage)

it's gotten to the point where I don't bother with a spam filter on my home e-mail any longer, and I don't have more than a dozen or two spam messages in a day (out of 500-1000 messages a day this isn't significant)

A decline in email spam?

Posted Jul 8, 2011 19:40 UTC (Fri) by corbet (editor, #1) [Link]

Some people are so lucky; I'm still running 3-4,000 spams/day. How do I get onto that "reduced spam" list? :)

A decline in email spam?

Posted Jul 11, 2011 0:28 UTC (Mon) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954) [Link]

I wonder what kind of spam it is that has been eliminated. It must be some particular kind.

I too am no where near being able to live without filtering. Last month it was about 350 a day, compared to 500-600 last year. But the amount that I have to filter seems to have gone up in that time; from around 60 a day to 80. The legitimate emails are at most 10 a day.

Like Jon, I distribute my unobfuscated email address widely. Not as widely as Jon, though.

One thing I've noticed is the mail to guessed email addresses on my mail server has stopped. (But the counts above are just for mail addressed to me).

A decline in email spam?

Posted Jul 11, 2011 13:39 UTC (Mon) by lutchann (✭ supporter ✭, #8872) [Link]

Just as another data point, it looks like my spam volume has gone from 1000+/day to less than 300/day over the past two years. Very interesting, and surprising that I had not noticed until now.

Of course, a spam message just made it through my filters as I was typing this... :-)

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