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Spam messages make 55 per cent of global e-mail traffic in 2019

by Peter Smyth Tech Journalist
17th Dec 19 12:03 pm

With more than half of the world population using e-mail, the total number of e-mail messages sent and received per day is expected to reach nearly 295bn in 2019. According to PreciseSecurity.com research, spam messages account for more than half of that amount, making 55% of global e-mail traffic in this year.

China generates more than 20% of global spam e-mails

The 2019 data show China generates 20.43% of all spam e-mails, which makes it the largest source of spam globally. During this year, 13.37% of global spam volume was created from IPs based in the United States. With a 5.6% share, Russia ranked third on this list, followed by Brazil and France. Germany generated 2.95% of global spam volume, while countries like India, Turkey, Singapore, and Vietnam hold around 2% share.

Global annual spam e-mail rate decreased by 14% since 2012

The recent surveys show that the worldwide annual spam e-mail rate has decreased by 14% over the last seven years. In 2012, it amounted to 69% and kept falling in the next three years. In 2015, the annual spam e-mail rate dropped to 53% on a global level. However, during the next two years, it moderately increased to 55%. In 2018, the combined number of e-mails sent and received per day reached more than 281bn. Despite that, the total number of spam e-mails remained the same. Over the last three years, the annual spam e-mail rate kept the 55% share on the global level.

Germany is the most targeted country by malicious spam e-mails

A significant part of spam messages is malicious, aiming to damage or hijack the user system. Some of the most ordinary types of malicious spam globally include spyware, trojans, and ransomware. The Q1 2019 statistics show that Germany accounted for 11.88% of all measured e-mail antivirus detections. With a 6.24% target rate, Vietnam ranked second on the list. Russia represents the third most-targeted country with a 5.70% share of all e-mail antivirus triggers.

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