It’s not just you: Spam is back

Hello. Are you looking for a part-time job to supplement your income? Or are you tired of spam emails formatted exactly like this? After going through an era of relative peace and tranquility, at least as far as our inboxes are concerned, the dirt has started to come up from the sewers again and flow openly through our communication channels again. Emails, text messages, social media DMs, even outright phone calls: malicious and infuriating messages are on the rise, eating up precious brain space with their nonsense.

Brian Honan, who provides cybersecurity advice as CEO of Dublin-based firm BH Consulting, has a few theories as to why spam is making an unwanted comeback. “I think there have been many pilots,” he tells me. “The first is the natural evolution of technology. We’ve become increasingly dependent and engaged in the online world. It was happening anyway, but it’s been accelerated by the pandemic.”

Scourge of Spam

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