Gmail already blocked billions of COVID-19 related spam and malware mails

Posted on Friday, Apr 17 2020 @ 12:20 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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In a new blog post, Google talks about how it's tackling the cyber threats seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things, Google reveals data about how much COVID-19 related e-mails it's blocking.

The search giant says machine learning algorithms used for Gmail block a massive 18 million daily malware and phishing e-mails related to COVID-19. This is on top of the over 240 million daily COVID-19 spam mails. Google claims its filter can block over 99.9% of spam.
Every day, Gmail blocks more than 100 million phishing emails. During the last week, we saw 18 million daily malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19. This is in addition to more than 240 million COVID-related daily spam messages. Our ML models have evolved to understand and filter these threats, and we continue to block more than 99.9% of spam, phishing, and malware from reaching our users.

The phishing attacks and scams we’re seeing use both fear and financial incentives to create urgency to try to prompt users to respond.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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