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Most Global E-Mails Now SPAM

Posted: 25th May, 2004 By: MarkJ
The latest research from MessageLabs covering April 2004 has found that 67.6% of all global email traffic is now spam (junk e-mail):

MessageLabs said it scanned 840 million email messages in April and found that 97 percent of spam is aimed at five countries: the US, the UK, Germany, Australia and Hong Kong. The US has the worst problem, with 83 percent of messages being classified as spam, while in the UK that figure stands at 53 percent.

Mark Sunner, chief technology officer at MessageLabs, said that although the US has the worst overall spam problem, the increasing penetration of broadband in the UK could mean similar figures by the end of the year.

"It's only a matter of time until the UK falls victim to similar volumes of spam. When it comes to the Internet, when the US sneezes, the rest of us catch a cold," Sunner said.


Once again, three cheers for the UK's wonderful anti-spam laws – Hip.. hip (sarcasm mode off). Ok, maybe not. More @ ZDNet.
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