Spammers Turn Positive on the Economy

Published on April 22, 2010
by Miguel Gonzalez Jr.

Add another to voice to the chorus declaring that the recession that began in December 2007 is over: your spam folder.

Symantec Corp. (SYMC), the security software company behind such programs as Norton, every month cleans out its industrial-sized spam filters and issues a monthly State of Spam & Phishing report based on the result. In its April 2010 report, the company found the tea leaves suggest economic prospects are picking up, at least according to spam email using economic terms.

“While the United States consumer sentiment remained unchanged in March 2010, top ten subject lines containing economic keywords show that spammers have an optimistic view of the economy with job offer spam among their top spam subject lines,” Symantec said in its report.

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