The security firm Symantec has this week revealed that people are being sent fewer spam emails than at any time during the last 12 years, with fewer than 50% of all emails being scanned being marked as Junk within the month of June, which is the lowest percentage the firm had seen in over a decade.
This was all reported in Symantec’s latest monthly threat report in which it stated that in June only 49.7% of the billions of message monitored were spam, which is the first time it has went below 50% since 2003.
Specifically the firm reported that on July 14th out of the 25 billion message that were monitored only 46.4% were junk, with a decline caused by action against bonnets, networks of hijacked computers that route through spam and a number of takedowns from the UK police forces, with a number of European internet providers joining together to share information about bonnet activity.
Despite this Symantec said that the number of malware variants being produced rose to about 57.6 million individual pieces of malware in June, almost double of what it saw in April. Ransomware also rose to almost 500,000 attacks based around this type of malware in June.
So it looks like cyber attackers are switching from sending spam emails to creating Malware programs.