Cheap Viagra Loses Luster with Spammers

 
 
By Lawrence Walsh  |  Posted 2009-04-10 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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