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Friday, May 28, 2004

OT: 83% Of U.S. E-Mail Is Spam

Security Pipeline | News | 83% Of U.S. E-Mail Is Spam: " By TechWeb News The United States is the world's spam superpower, filtering firm MessageLabs said Tuesday as it released its April count of junk mail.A whopping 83 percent of all e"



By TechWeb News
The United States is the world's spam superpower, filtering firm MessageLabs said Tuesday as it released its April count of junk mail.

A whopping 83 percent of all e-mail traffic in the United States was spam last month, the U.K.-based anti-spam service provider said. Globally, spam continued to climb as a percentage of e-mail, and now accounts for over two-thirds of all messages.

But countries where English is popular make up the vast bulk of spam targets. More than 97 percent of all spam is sent to the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Australia, and Hong Kong, said MessageLabs.

"Countries where English is widely used will always be a natural target for spammers as mass mailing in one common language is by far the easiest way for them to disperse their messages," said Mark Sunner, the chief technology officer at MessageLabs, in a statement.

The United Kingdom, for instance, saw spam account for 52 percent of all mail, while in Germany and the Netherlands, 41 and 30 percent of messages were junk, respectively. Hong Kong, meanwhile, escaped relatively unscathed: just 27 percent of mail sent to users there was spam.

"Spam is becoming a bigger problem worldwide, and unfortunately shows that current legislation is having little impact in curbing the upward trend," said Sunner.

MessageLabs predicted that the U.K. would see U.S-style spam levels within six months, and countries in Asia and the Pacific should expect just-as-high spam counts within a year.

"When it comes to the Internet, if the U.S. sneezes, the rest of us catch a cold," added Sunner.

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