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Spam makes up 95 percent of email traffic

Barracuda networks (opens in new tab) unveiled some worrying findings in its latest report about spam propagation in our mailbox.

The security firm analysed over one billion emails going to its 50,000 customers and found out that between 90 to 95 percent of all emails were Spam, a phenomenal increase from the 5 percent registered back in 2001.

Barracuda's devices block spam before it reaches the client inbox and the company has a near real-time spam counter.

This growing proportion is even more significant when compared to 2004, when the federal CAN-SPAM Act, which set parameters for sending unsolicited email and defined penalties for spammers, went into effect.

On the day the report was release, more than 92 percent of the two billion emails received by Barracuda's clients were spam.

In a related announcement, Barracuda (opens in new tab) found out, from a poll of 261 professionals, that more than half consider that spam is the worst form of unwanted advertising.

Although the report does point to increasing popular habit of attaching files (PDF, MP3 or spreadsheets) to emails in order to bypass filters, it does not cover the growing threat of phishing emails which have surged in the past year.

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.