"For years, the scourge of the Internet has been ever
increasing volumes of spam that clog inboxes around the world.
According to a new report from Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO), 2010 was the
first year on record that spam volumes actually declined.
"Cisco's report also points out some counter-intuitive data
about which types of technologies are being attacked. As opposed to
Adobe PDF which had been a top target, Cisco said that Java
vulnerabilities are now more exploited than those in Adobe Acrobat
and Reader. Overall, Cisco is rating the status of cybersecurity
threats at the end of 2010 at a level lower than they were in 2009,
though there is still cause for concern.
"The decline in spam volumes varies by geography according to
Cisco. In the U.S., spam volume decline by 1.6 percent in 2010 in
comparison to 2009. That said the U.S. still continues to lead
globally in terms of spam with 11.1 trillion spam messages sent in
2010, down from 11.3 trillion sent in 2009. Among the other
countries that experienced spam declines were Brazil with a 47.5
percent drop and Turkey which declined by 87 percent."