80 percent of spam send by criminal gangs

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 29 2006 @ 08:31 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
We already know for a few weeks that spam now accounts for about 9 out of ten e-mails and this week e-mail security company Postini reported a few more statistics:
As Christmas approaches, the daily trawl through in-boxes clogged with offers of fake Viagra, loans and sex aids is tipped to take even longer.

"E-mail systems are overloaded or melting down trying to keep up with all the spam," said Dan Druker, a vice president at Postini.

His company has detected 7 billion spam e-mails worldwide in November compared to 2.5 billion in June. Spam in Britain has risen by 50 percent in the last two months alone, according to Internet security company SurfControl.

The United States, China and Poland are the top sources of spam, data from security firm Marshal suggests.
Spamhays also reports about 80 percent of all spam is send by roughly 200 criminal gangs.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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