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Spam taking over inboxes

Antony Savvas

According to e-mail filtering experts Email Systems, which monitors the flow of spam and virus infected messages, spam made up more than 85% of all e-mail traffic last month.

The spam was distributed from at least 25 different countries including nations as diverse as Uruguay, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Moldova, Japan, India and Hungary. But the US and UK were still the most prolific disseminators, with a combined total of 70% of spam issued.

Conversely, the amount of legitimate e-mail peaked at just 18% on one day in August and fell to just 6% on one particular Sunday. The average daily quantity of legitimate mail for August was just 12.5%.

The average amount of virus affected traffic a day was 2%. Neil Hammerton, managing director of Email Systems, said, “We have also witnessed that the nature of spam is continuing to evolve, with pornography on the decline and drugs and gambling both significantly increasing.

“The figures further illustrate why businesses of all sizes have to take spam e-mail filtering very seriously, in the interests of security and productivity.”

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