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AOL Sees 50% SPAM Decline

Posted: 29th Dec, 2004 By: MarkJ
Global ISP AOL has reported a decline in junk e-mail (SPAM), stating that the daily average of emails blocked via its filters dropped 50% to 1.2bn mails in late 2004 vs 2.4bn during 2003.

Anti-virus specialist Sophos also recently released its list of the top junk e-mailing countries:

The top [ten] spam producing countries:

United States - 42.11%
South Korea - 13.43%
China (incl Hong Kong) - 8.44%
Canada - 5.71%
Brazil - 3.34%
Japan - 2.57%
France - 1.37%
Spain - 1.18%
United Kingdom - 1.13%
Germany - 1.03%

"When we first reported on the top spamming countries back in February 2004, the USA had the excuse that the CAN-SPAM act had been in existence for a couple of months," said Graham Cluley senior technology consultant for Sophos. "Almost a year and millions of spam messages later, it is quite evident that that the CAN-SPAM legislation has made very little headway in damming the flood of spam."


Hopefully 2005 will be a better year, although many fear it will take a lot more than new fangled e-mail ID technology (SenderID/SPF) to stem the tide.
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