[LINK] Microsoft shuts down spam behemoth Rustock, reduces worldwide spam by 39%

Fernando Cassia fcassia at gmail.com
Sat Mar 19 15:09:16 AEDT 2011

On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 11:23 PM, Kim Holburn <kim at holburn.net> wrote:
> Has anyone noticed if spam has really gone down by that much?

Since I started using GMail, I rarely see spam getting into my Inbox.
Gmail's spam filters work quite well and filter 99.9% of it, I'd say.

If you mean volume of spam reaching my mailbox, I don't have a
statistical answer but a quick visual inspection of my Spam folder
shows something interesting: nowadays itcontains a small percentage of
Spanish language spam (mostly sellin travel and tourism services from
unknown small firmsin Peru,Mexico and the like), a likewise amount of
Italian and Portuguese language spam, and 90% of it -if not more- is
now CHINESE language spam.

The English language emails are either phishing or nigerian scammers.

Go figure...

Screenshot, for the record **


Since I've used this email to even post messages without masking my
address to Usenet newsgroups, and have it linked from several blogger
profiles, I'd say I should be swamped by spam, but I'm not. I count
around 20 spam messages per day.

** Yes, that's GMail, I'm using the Skins/Themes feature from GMail Labs
 and selected the "Terminal" one that reminds me of green-screen ASCII
terminals and is also VERY easy on my eyes. :)

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