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Spam and Fraud Activity Trends

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Analysis of Spam Activity Trends

Background

This section discusses the patterns and trends relating to spam message volumes and the proportion of email traffic identified as spam during 2011.

Methodology

The analysis for this section is based global spam and overall email volumes for 2011. Global values are determined based on the statistically representative sample provided by Symantec’s Brightmail2 operations and spam rates include spam blocked by Symantec.cloud.

Data and Commentary

Figure C.1. Global spam volume in circulation, 2011. Source: Symantec
  • There were approximately 41.1 billion spam emails in circulation worldwide each day overall in 2011, compared with 61.6 billion in 2010; a decrease of 31.8% in global spam volume.
Figure C.2. Proportion of email traffic identified as spam, 2010-2011. Source: Symantec.cloud
  • Overall for 2011, 75.1% of email traffic was identified as spam, compared with 88.5% in 2010; a decrease of 13.4 percentage points.
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