95 percent of all email is spam?
This one comes to us from the sensational headlines department: according to spam researchers at Barracuda Networks, spam now accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all email sent. And that's not the most disturbing thing: the problem is only getting worse. While spam only accounted for 5 percent of all email in 2001, that percentage rose steadily to 85-90 percent last year and as much as 95 percent this year. While not everyone agrees on these numbers--Symantec says that their studies show spam volume increasing from 56 percent last year to 71 percent this year--researchers at least agree that the general trend is that spam volume is still on the rise.
For more on the statistic:
- see this Ars Technica article