Berlin, January 8, 2013 - The threat level in the field of e-mail security increased in 2012 and will continue to do so in 2013 ? despite the fact that spam levels decreased by 53% in 2012 as compared to 2011. Those were the results of analyses performed by the Eleven Research Team which investigated e-mail security trends for 2012 and provides an outlook of coming trends in 2013. Eleven experts? conclusion: the share of particularly dangerous e-mails such as malware messages, drive-by attacks, and targeted phishing e-mails considerably increased in 2012. That also heightened the average level of danger for individual unwanted e-mails. More spam, malware, and phishing e-mail is being specifically sent to targeted circles of recipients and is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate from legitimate messages. From the point of view of the Eleven Research Team, the trend from pure quantity toward a mixture of bulk and highly professional campaigns of unsolicited and dangerous e-mails will also continue in 2013.
The five most important e-mail security trends in 2012