Cheap Viagra Loses Luster with Spammers
Spam still makes up 97 percent of all e-mail traffic. However, the volume of spam for erectile dysfunction drugs and other sexual ailment remedies is falling fast.
Those unsolicited e-mails promising low-cost Viagra, cheap herbal alternatives for sexual health or "male enhancement" pills are losing their luster among spammers, according to a new security study by Microsoft.
In the second half of 2008, the volume of spam for sexual medications fell a dramatic two-thirds from the first half of the year. Spam for Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and other erectile dysfunction medications had topped the list of spam messages from January to June 2008, making up more than 30 percent of the total volume. In the second half, the volume dropped below 10 percent.
Mirroring the drop in sexual medication spam is a drop in the volume of sexually explicit and dating solicitations via spam, according to Microsoft.