SOURCE: Ipswitch, Inc.

May 07, 2007 09:00 ET

Ipswitch, Inc. Announces Spam Levels Have Hit All Time High

93% of Email Is Now Spam, Reveals Messaging Expert

LEXINGTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 7, 2007 -- Ipswitch, Inc., a leading developer of network management, secure file transfer and messaging solutions, today announced the result of its seventh Spamometer survey, revealing that 93% of all email received is spam, the highest rate since recording began. This compares with 84% the previous quarter and only 62% over the same period last year. Medication spam accounts for over a third of the total amount of undesirable messages clogging up the modern inbox, closely followed by stock tip and phishing emails, which are thought to have been sent to coincide with the recent change in financial years on April 1st.

Medication and Finance/Phishing categories swapped positions from the past quarter. 12% of spam emails received were classified as undecipherable due to their makeup of symbols and characters designed to fool less thorough spam filters. Perhaps the most worrying trend of all was the new entry of gambling spam messages designed to ride on the coat tails of the current online gambling phenomenon across the globe.

1.   Medication - 34% - (up from 2)
2.   Finance/Phishing - 33% - (down from 1)
3.   Undecipherable - 12% - (New Entry)
4.   Gambling - 7% - (New Entry)
5.   Pornographic - 5% - (down from 4)
Earlier this month, IDC published a study* warning of a resurgence of spam and predicted that over 40 billion spam messages will be sent daily worldwide in 2007. "Spam volumes are growing faster than expected due to the success of image-based spam in bypassing antispam filters and of email sender identity spoofing in getting higher response rates," said IDC's Collaborative Computing and Enterprise Workplace research program VP, Mark Levitt.

"This is a worrying time for corporate communications with the amount of spam arriving in corporate inboxes showing no sign of waning," said Tripp Allen, VP of messaging products for Ipswitch. "The importance of having an efficient antispam filter that is flexible, extensible and provides automatic updates 24x7, is now more important than ever."

In March, Ipswitch released the latest in its line of messaging and collaboration products, IMail Server 2006.2 that continues the Ipswitch tradition of building software products that are easy to use, require little or no IT administration and delivers a clear and rapid return on investment (ROI).

"IMail is an intuitive product, enabling technology that doesn't complicate our IT environment," said Ipswitch customer Nick Baggarly, expedition leader of Drive Around The World. "The new anti-spam features are absolutely wonderful. Even our users are sending messages of thanks, reporting time they can reclaim from deleting hundreds of spam messages each day."

About Ipswitch, Inc.

Ipswitch develops and markets innovative IT software that is easy to learn and use. More than 100 million people worldwide use Ipswitch software to monitor their networks with Ipswitch WhatsUp®, transfer files over the Internet using the market leading Ipswitch WS_FTP® Professional client and Ipswitch WS_FTP Server and communicate via Ipswitch IMailTM Server. To view the Daily Network Monitor blog, visit http://www.dailynetworkmonitor.com. For product and sales information, visit http://www.ipswitch.com. Ipswitch values community involvement; visit http://icare.ipswitch.com to find out how to become involved.

WS_FTP and WhatsUp are registered trademarks of Ipswitch, Inc. IMail Server is a trademark of Ipswitch, Inc. All other product names are the property of their respective owners.

*Worldwide Email Usage 2007-2011 Forecast: Resurgence of Spam Takes Its Toll (IDC #206038)

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