IronPort just released their Internet Security Trends for 2008 white paper. I haven’t read it all, but the big headline in the summary says spammers send over 120 billion (with a b) messages per day. Yep, 20 spam messages for every living person on this planet.
Remember that IronPort sells spam control products, and was bought by Cisco not long ago. However, everything else I see about spam says it’s getting far worse, not better.
I’m reading dotCrime Manifestor: How to Stop Internet Crime by Phillip Hallam-Baker right now, and the spam numbers and details in that book make me believe the 120 billion spams per day number without much problem. More on that book when I finish. Recommendations for other books of this kind are welcome.
Recommendations on handling spam are welcome as well. Between SpamAssassin on my Web/e-mail host service, and Google Mail or Thunderbird’s junk filters, I only see a handful a day. But that just means servers elsewhere are working overtime to keep my inbox relatively clean. What a waste of time. I’m not sure if security problems or spam will kill e-mail first.