Spam volumes are predicted to rise higher than 95 per cent next year.

 

Barracuda Networks has predicted that the growing use of botnets will continue to proliferate. An analysis of data of more than one billion daily emails will see spam as between 90 and 95 per cent of total email attempts.

 

Baccacuda claimed that identity obfuscation techniques were prevalent in a vast majority of spam campaigns sent in 2008, and hacked websites, the use of free hosting providers and the rotation of new web domains within the same campaign were all techniques that played major roles in hiding the identities of spammers in 2008.

 

Stephen Pao, vice president of product management for Barracuda Networks, said: “There are a couple factors that we predict may cause spam to increase slightly in 2009, however, it is equally important to note that the level of legitimate email is also increasing each year.

 

“We believe that online scammers will continue to find new ways to hide their identities in 2009, making traditional IP reputation and content scanning less relevant. Phishing attacks are certainly not new techniques, but the levels of sophistication that are used can be quite astounding.

 

“We believe that the combination of social engineering and sender identity obfuscation techniques will continue to merge, making it even more essential that customers use caution when accessing applications or providing personal information via URLs provided in emails.”