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SPAM (Junk E-Mail) Gangs Target UK ISP's

Posted: 15th May, 2007 By: MarkJ
The latest research from ClearMyMail has revealed which UK ISP's are being targeted by SPAMMERS. Interestingly Force9 (PlusNet) tops the pack, closely followed by TalkTalk:

The research revealed that a massive 95% of all emails that have gone through the ClearMyMail anti spam system via Force 9 and Talk Talk ISP’s were either spam or virus related and there is also a range of other well known ISP names as shown in the list below.

Top Ten Most Spammed ISP’s
1. Forece9.net = 95% average spam rate
2. Talk Talk = 95% average spam rate
3. UKServers = 94%
4. Eclipse Internet = 92%
5. Yahoo = 89%
6. Orange (Wanadoo/Freeserve) = 89%
7. PlusNet = 87%
8. Zen Internet = 85%
9. Demon = 84%
10. Pipex = 84%

The company also looked at which countries produce the highest number of UK targeted spam and America led the way with just under 50% of all rogue emails coming from the USA.

Top 10 Sources of Spam for UK Home and Small Business Users.
1. US 48.90%
2. UK 13.09%
3. China 6.56%
4. Germany 6.19%
5. France 5.27%
6. Korea (Republic Of) 5.00%
7. Italy 4.41%
8. Poland 4.01%
9. Spain 5.39%
10. Japan 2.98%

The news couldn't come at a worse time for PlusNet, which today reported the theft of customer e-mail addresses and their subsequent abuse by SPAMMERS. ClearMyMail wasn't too impressed by the findings either, but then they do have related services to sell:

Dan Field is the Managing Director of ClearMyMail and talking about the research he said, “These are some worrying statistics and I admit I was shocked when I saw some the names in the top 10 ISP’s who seem to take little or no action when it comes to preventing spam and even more shocked to see that the UK is still the second biggest source of spam emails received here.

There is little doubt in my mind that ISP’s, anti-spam and anti-virus providers need to get together to see what can be done to eliminate the time consuming and frustrating spam emails that are increasing in numbers
”.

To be fair, filtering out SPAM can be a double edged sword, with legitimate messages becoming victims too. ISP’s should offer filtering as a controllable feature for customers to choose how they use it. Sadly many either enforce a mandatory system or offer none at all.
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