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UK sees sharp rise in spam

Date: August 15, 2008
Source: ZDNet UK

The amount of spam crammed into UK inboxes has quadrupled over the past three months, according to figures from an anti-spam company.
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The average internet user was targeted with more than 30,000 spam emails in the past three months, ClearMyMail claims.

Its spamming index said the worst hit were customers who had Orange as their ISP, where spam accounted for more than 96 percent of all emails received between April and June.

Dan Field, managing director of ClearMyMail, pointed to an increase in broadband availability in the UK as a primary cause for the increase, enabling phishing emails to be sent out in far greater numbers.

Field also identified the changing nature of spammers as a factor in the number and type of spam sent out. He said: "Spamming is now done by organised crime using local gangs who know how to target customers and how to make their spam look legitimate.

"The type of emails are now more dangerous. There are now more fraud emails rather than just spam offering you Viagra."

"With any automatic filtering there is a danger of it identifying email that the customer actually wants to see. Therefore, we choose to tag the spam and deliver it to the inbox and make it a choice for the customer to turn on their anti-spam settings, via their webmail, to deliver the tagged email to the junk folder."

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