Symantec report also reveals phishing rates are down, but malware and ransomware rise
Spam has dropped to less than half of all email traffic for the first time since 2003, according to Symantec, whose latest report also flagged up a rise in ransomware.
According to the June edition of the Symantec Intelligence report, which draws on data from the vendor’s Global Intelligence Network, the overall spam rate fell to 49.7 per cent, the first time the rate has fallen below 50 per cent for over a decade.
However, Symantec said the drop in email-based malicious activity could just demonstrate that attackers are moving to other areas of the threat landscape. New malware variants created in June stood at 57.6 million, up from 44.5 million in May and 29.2 million in April, it pointed out.
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