Dubious Healthcare Offers Account for 72% of Global Spam

June 13th, 2015
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by Felix Richter, Statista.com

Most people who regularly use email have probably grown accustomed to the constant stream of spam littering their inboxes.

Follow up:

After years of email use, who hasn’t been offered magic weight loss pills, part of a Nigerian fortune or a safe and reliable way to make some body parts smaller, bigger or whatever shape just happens to be en vogue?

According to data published by cyber security firm Trustwave, 60% of inbound emails in 2014 were spam. That’s down from more than 90% in 2008, but 6 in 10 emails being junk is still a pretty annoying ratio.

Thankfully, according to Trustwave’s sample of billions of emails, only 6% of spam mails are really malicious, meaning they carry a link or an attachment which could install malware on a reader’s computer when clicked on. The most common form of spam is pharmaceutical-related junk mail, offering magic remedies, performance enhancements and so on.

This chart shows the most common categories of spam mails sent in 2014.

Infographic: Dubious Healthcare Offers Account for 72% of Global Spam  | Statista
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