Symantec reports that email spam levels are down, but this decrease might herald other online troubles, so caution is still recommended for internet users.
The findings of security expert Symantec’s latest report reveal that at the moment spam email levels have reached the lowest levels registered in the last 12 years, as they have gotten below the threshold quota of 50%.
This is quite the rare occasion, and while it is cause for celebration, internet users are advised to be on the lookout for new online scams and malware.
The fact that there are less spam e-mails does not mean that those who were putting them out there are out of business, but merely that they have found better ways to get their hands on users’ data or even worse things than that.
So users are advised to keep their antivirus programs updated and prepped for the upcoming malware attack that this spam situation warns of. Much like the calm before the storm, something big is coming up, so safety is the best policy.
According to Symantec, the amount of malware has almost doubled since April this year, reaching a whopping 57.6 million individual malware pieces just in the month of June.
Other possible explanations for the drop in spam rates is actually the special measures that the US authorities have implemented in order to take on botnets. This term refers to the multitude of computers that get touched by spam-related malware and that end up becoming the means of transmission for future spam and malware.
They have been compared to an army of zombies, because the owners of these computers are completely unaware of their involvement. This helps those who are behind the entire operation to remain hidden in the multitude of drones that carry out their plots.
But the American police has succeeded in stopping as many as seven different botnet networks over a 10 month period. Even European authorities are joining in on the fight against the evil online puppeteers, so as to put an end to the entire operation in the near future.
So, rejoice as there is only have the spam you’re used to among your e-mails, but do not let your guard down, because this might mean that something wicked comes this way.
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