Magazine article Information Management

More Spam Stuffs Inboxes

Magazine article Information Management

More Spam Stuffs Inboxes

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Spam has taken over most e-mail users' inboxes so much that nine out of 10 e-mails sent worldwide are now junk messages, according to several Internet security firms.

For example, U.S. e-mail security company Postini said 2.5 billion spam messages were sent in June 2006. As of November, that number had skyrocketed to 7 billion.

Internet security firm Surf-Control reported that spam increased 50 percent last year in a span of only two months in Britain. A study by the Radicati Group predicted that in Europe, spam will jump to 38 billion messages per day in 2010, up from 16 billion per day in 2006.

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Data from another security firm, Marshal, revealed that the majority of spam originates from China, Poland, and the United States. Experts tracking the growing problem say about 200 criminal gangs create about 80 percent of all unwanted commercial e-mails via programs that hijack computers to send the messages.

Anti-spam laws have so far had little effect on the problem, perhaps because fighting spam requires crossing international borders and dealing with several countries' laws. A new U.S. law aims to fix some of those issues.

In December 2006, President George W. …

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