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Spam and phishing

Date: April 14, 2005
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: CCRC staff

According to recent study conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, email users get more spam, but the harmful impact of unsolicited messages is diminishing for them. More than a third of email users have gotten phishing solicitations.

More than a year after the CAN-SPAM Act became law, email users say they are receiving slightly more spam in their inboxes than before, but they are minding it less.

A survey by the Pew Internet &American Life Project conducted between January 13 and February 9, 2005, shows the following:

- 28% of users with a personal email account say they are getting more spam than a year ago, while 22% say they are getting less.

- 21% of users with a work email account say they are getting more spam than a year ago, while 16% say they are getting less.

- 53% of email users say spam has made them less trusting of email, compared to 62% a year ago.

- 22% of email users say that spam has reduced their overall use of email, compared to 29% a year ago.

- 67% of email users say spam has made being online unpleasant or annoying, compared to 77% a year ago.

Overall, more than half of all internet users (52%) complain that spam is a big problem.

Among other things, the survey found that people were getting less porn spam, a uniquely troubling form of spam for most users and particularly for women. While 63% of email users now say they have received porn spam, down 8 percentage points from a year ago, 29% of those email users say they are now getting less porn spam, compared to 16% who said they are getting more.

And in a first-time measure of “phishing,” or unsolicited email requesting personal financial information, 35% of users say they have received such email, and 2% have responded by providing the information.

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2005-11-02 13:37:01 - I like this blog! Global
2005-04-15 03:39:47 - spam is the least of our worries lets get... MICHAEL BOMAR
2005-04-14 14:44:06 - good research. -Ajay Kumar Kasam... ajay kasam
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