Report: 2009 Spam Scams Reach New Highs

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MesssageLabs has released its annual security report and the findings reveal that spam is a real problem. Not the most surprising news, but IT Business Edge's Paul Mah's looks closer at the findings in a recent blog post and gives SMBs some tips to better defend themselves in 2010.


Some of the report's findings include:

  • Spam levels reached 87.7 percent, which is an increase of 6.5 percent over the average level experienced in 2008. Mah suggests implementing a spam filter to save employees from having to sift through and delete each spam mail.
  • A hefty 90.6 percent of spam caught by MessageLabs this year contained a hyperlink. Mah says it's important to educate employees about the risks of clicking on a hyperlink in a spam mail.
  • Theme spam attacks based on a popular news items are also very dangerous to businesses. Mah advises companies to send out regular e-mails on popular spam attacks so those e-mails can be avoided.


Employees are particularly vulnerable during the Christmas season as spammers look to prey on holiday cheer. The Twelve Scams of Christmas, found in the Knowledge Network, details the 12 most dangerous online scams that computer users should be cautious of this holiday season. There's also a guide for Recognizing and Avoiding E-mail Scams. This document gives recommendations on how you can minimize your chances of falling victim to an e-mail scam