Thursday, December 06, 2012
That's the gist of this article in German, which states that almost a quarter of malicious emails in Germany are now in German. The actual number is 21.3% which is closer to a fifth than a quarter. The article states that: "For a long time internet users in Germany could feel half safe given that most spam emails were in English. But now there is a lot more spam in German, with a lot of it coming as an alleged mobile phone mill or mail from Deutsche Post."
That's good news!
This sounds like a good if unusual metric to rate the strength of a language: the more spammers believe a language is being used the more they will resort to sending out messages in the language. The metric could also be compared by total volume worldwide, as well as within each country.