There’s a new article on the BBC website today including interviews with Cliff Evans, head of security and privacy for Microsoft in the UK, and Ed Gibson who was with us at this year’s UCISA conference. There are one or two conflicting statements from others in the industry but Microsoft claims that around 97% of email sent over the net are unwanted. The good thing is that for many these go unnoticed thanks to advanced screening.
Ed follows on from the theme of his talk at the UCISA conference saying that the rise in spam is occurring because organised crime is moving from “exploiting software vulnerabilities” to focusing on the “weak link that is you and me”. Put another way, as I’m sure Steve Riley did a couple of years ago at IT Forum, “it’s a shift from hacking silicon to hacking carbon” or words to that effect.