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Ipswitch, Inc. Says that Spam Has Sprung

Messaging Expert Warns That Spam Has Bounced Back After Christmas Low

Lexington, Massachusetts - May 1, 2006 – Ipswitch, a leading developer of network management, messaging and file transfer solutions, today announced that its latest survey reveals 62% of all email received is spam, compared to 57% just a few months ago. Ipswitch last ran its survey at Christmas time with promising results. However it seems that Spammers are now back to business.

Surprisingly, emails offering porn were the most prevalent type of spam received this quarter making up 24% of the total spam – an increase 18% on the previous quarter. Mortgages and loans were still a favorite coming in second, making up 18% of spam emails gained over the Spring break, however dropped from the top spot from the previous Spamometer.

  1. Pornographic – 24% – (Up from 2)
  2. Mortgages – 18% – (Down from 1)
  3. Medication – 17% – (Up from 5)
  4. Electronics/Pirated Software – 16% – (New Entry)
  5. Lottery and Gambling – 10% – (Non-mover)

Spammers seem to be taking a seasonal approach with their offers. The Christmas gift token offers fell from 16% to 2.5% of spam making way for opportunities to spring clean your system with medicinal and beauty offers. The Easter bunny paid a special visit in junk mail folders by advertising enticing electronics and pirated software offers that comprised 16% of the total spam emails received.

“The results from our quarterly research clearly indicates that spam isn’t going away anytime soon. Even though we noticed a decrease in spam over the Christmas period, spam is again on the increase,” comments Ipswitch Director of Product Marketing, David Karp. “Businesses should be careful not to fall into a false sense of security as spammers are forever coming up with new ways to target their networks. Whether it be via Instant Messaging, email or SMS, it is paramount for companies to endeavor to monitor their IT systems and protect their networks.”

"The spammers are remaining highly active and are showing how they play the dynamics of the seasons and of "hot topics" in their approach,” comments Quocirca analyst Clive Longbottom. “With email volumes growing rapidly, and the percentage of this being spam also growing, we are unlikely to see spammers give up yet. As spam becomes even more creative, the only way to really hit the spammers is to stop their messages from getting through to the recipients - after all, an unread message won't be replied to.”

Ipswitch’s leading messaging solutions, IMail Secure and Ipswitch Collaboration Suite (ICS), provides solid, scalable, standards-based messaging and group collaboration with anywhere access to email and administration via any Web browser, plus secure instant messaging, group calendaring and scheduling as well as access to shared Outlook folders. With IMail Secure and ICS 2006 Premium Edition, Ipswitch continues to offer integrated industry-leading protection against spam, phishing attacks and viruses using Symantec Scan Engine carrier-grade anti-virus technology and Mail-Filter’s language-aware, automatically updated anti-spam technology.

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About Ipswitch
Ipswitch develops and markets software that works for small and mid-sized businesses worldwide. More than 100 million people use Ipswitch software every day to collaborate via Ipswitch Collaboration Suite, monitor their networks with Ipswitch WhatsUp®, and transfer files over the Internet using the market leading Ipswitch WS_FTP® Professional client and Ipswitch WS_FTP Server. To view the Ipswitch blog visit http://blogs.ipswitch.com. To read Ipswitch CEO Roger Greene’s blog visit http://blogs.ipswitch.com/greene/. Ipswitch values community involvement; visit http://icare.ipswitch.com to find out how to become involved. For product and sales information, write to or visit http://www.ipswitch.com.