Have email viruses had their day?

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ZDNet reports that some attendees at the Infosecurity Europe conference think the email virus’ heyday is over. This is an interesting observation and one I’ve noted just this week.

Much of my personal e-mail is delivered through a service with mail filtering outsourced to Postini. Here, unwanted mail is blocked on the server and identified as either containing a virus or being spam. Every few days I sign in to check that there are no false positives (usually mail that could be regarded as spam but that I might want to read anyway) and to delete the junk. I’ve noticed that the red list of mails with a virus has diminished drastically in recent weeks while the amount of spam has remained fairly constant.