Spam lowest levels for over a decade

Spam emails during June were at an all-time low according to Symantec's monthly threat report. People are being sent fewer spam emails than at any time over the past 12 years. Fewer than 50 percent of emails scanned during June were junk.

Ben Nahorney wrote in the report that, “attackers are simply moving to other areas of the threat landscape,” to make money from people going online.

Legal action against the criminal networks that channel spam to people had helped to cut the junk mail. It is said the fall in spam had been offset by a rise in malware being made.

Spam levels have continued to decline further since the report was issued. The decline was said to be caused by action against botnets, which are networks of hijacked computers that have been the passage through which spam has been sent in the past.