Today, July 12, 2010, marks the six year anniversary of the day I started to fight spam professionally. It’s also close enough to the four year anniversary of this blog. It’s well over 500 posts later and I am still going strong.
Looking back over the past six years, if I had to summarize the spam trends over time, I would put it thusly:
So, there are six things I have observed over time. Spam is still spam, I am still here writing about it (albeit less and less as I have expanded into general cyber-security). Who knows what the next six years will hold?
Much as I'd like to be proven wrong, I'm sure spam is here to stay for quite some time.
Congratulations with your sixth anniversary as a spam-fighter! You made some good points there, in particular the one about false positives. From talking to anti-spam vendors, I also noticed that some underestimate the problem by only counting FPs that have been reported to them.