As some of you may know, I graph statistics on all sorts of things.
This morning I discovered that my temperature graphs don’t know what to do when it gets below zero. Which is just as well, since I don’t either.
Although, on the graph, you can very clearly identify where the flood started, and although the spam percentage gradually creeps up, it has an entire month worth of 62% spam that is has to offset to make any changes. However, from watching the logs, I felt that spam levels were much closer 90%.
Turns out I was right. In the new graphs, you can seldom see any daylight between the spam graph and the total email graph, and spam levels are right around 91%. At my peak, I’m processing about 60 email messages in 5 minutes, but only 3 of those made it into anyone’s inbox.
Given that email is such an important part of what the internet carries, 90+% of it being essentially stolen resources is pretty serious. I’m hoping that the courts will authorize public floggings of spammers and virus authors.