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Spam Breaks the Language Barrier

SoftScan announced today that spam has pushed up its record breaking levels even further during November when the company classified 96.3% of all emails scanned as junk mail.

SoftScan also notes that spam is more frequently appearing in languages other than English and that the grammar and spelling is far more convincing to native speakers than before.

"Local language spam has normally been easy for users to spot as it had obviously been translated electronically," comments Diego d'Ambra, CTO of SoftScan. "Fed-up with getting lost in translation, it appears that spammers are starting to wake-up to the fact that if they want people to respond in some way, whether it's clicking on a link or purchasing goods, that localisation is required."

This is now the six consecutive month that spam has reached over the 90% mark. Since June junk mail has grown considerably from 90.06%, with two large increases in September (93.51%) and October (96.10%) to November's high of 96.3%.

At the weekends when there is less legitimate business email, spam levels were consistently over 98%, the highest figure recorded during the month was 98.71%.

In contrast, the amount of viruses within email messages appears to have fallen back to levels seen before the summer. In November, viruses accounted for just 0.08% of email scanned.

The top five virus families in November 07 were:

1 – phishing: 71.45%

2 – dropper: 9.32%

3 – faketube: 5.76%

4 – downloader: 2.74%

5 – netsky: 2.71%

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.