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Spammer business on the rise

Date: April 16, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Ludmila Goroshko

Spam-business grows, its technical capabilities change, spammers have more and more servers, more money to hire programmers and to pay for hosting. The number of spammers increases as this business is attractive and growing.

Igor Ashmanov, head of the "Ashmanov & the Associates" company, says spam volumes have increased by 30-40% since winter. Last summer spam was about 50 million of letters dayily, late in 2003 it was 70 million, and now it is about 100m.

Annual "spam" losses of ISP and ordinary users are estimated to reach $55m only in Russia, said Alexander Ivanov, President of Documentary Telecommunication Association at the workshop on "Maintaining Information Security in Information Telecommunication Networks".

He also notes that spam shares up to 35% of the Internet traffic. Spammers' revenues from distribution of unwanted letters make up about $3-5m.

Experts consider that volumes of spam will increase more than in two times till 2004 as compared to 2003 and will reach 35 billion of e-mails. It is forecasted that 55% of all email boxes will be facilitated with antispam software by the end of 2004 year. ISP should introduce systems of information protection in order to fight against spam. It is necessary to spend 15-20% of the network value to protect information sources. By 2006, the market of antispam solutions will reach $1,74 billion.
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