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Russia and China 'behind current spam deluge'

By Julio Franco
Jun 10, 2004
  1. As hardcore criminals step up their spamming, experts believe that nine out of 10 of all e-mails may soon be unsolicited junk.

    Organised criminals based in Russia are fuelling the rise in the amount of spam sent over the Internet, according to a leading opponent of junk mail.

    Steve Linford, director of The Spamhaus Project, warned on Tuesday that these gangs are supplying US-based spammers with details of compromised PCs that can be used to send out their unsolicited commercial messages, and creating viruses that will create more of these open proxies.

    Read more: ZDNet.
     
  2. Bearcat

    Bearcat TS Rookie

    9 out of 10 emails is reality

    Heh, this story caught my eye. I have an email filtering program called POPFile that has done a pretty good job at sorting what I want from the tremendous amount of SPAM I receive. It keeps pretty detailed statistics on the email I receive through my University of Cincinnati email account, which is my primary address. Thought I'd share some with you:

    Since August 23 of 2003:
    *POPFile has classified 27,407 messages (not including those classifed on my laptop, which POPFile does not count).
    *POPFile has achieved a 99.3% accuracy rating at classifying the email I receive into the correct folder (or bucket in the terminology of the program)
    *92.57% of the email I receive is SPAM! That is 25,371 spam messages in roughly 291 days, resulting in an average of around 87 junk messages per day!

    This is absolutely crazy folks...
     
  3. nowpc2

    nowpc2 TS Rookie

    The company I work for makes email filtering products. Each of the products track the number of inbound and outbound messages and the percentage of spam and virus messages.

    Most of our clients see about 60% of their email as spam and 1% to 5% are viruses.

    These numbers get larger every month it seems.
     
  4. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Of course it's the communist countries we blame on all this mess :rolleyes:
     
  5. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Not only...

    While it's Russia who's supplying the compromised pc's, it's americans who's doing the spamming....

    So you might say it's the (previous) "commie bastards" working with the "capital dogs" to deliver you the latest adverticement for porn, viagra and other prescription based medicines.... :D
     
  6. Akio

    Akio TS Rookie Posts: 249

    How did they ever come up with the word SPAM? I mean it's also a food. But did they use it for Junk E-Mail first?
     
  7. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Nope.

    SPAM as in the canned food came way before it was used for email.
    I found that here... It has some interesting anecdotes :)
     
  8. Akio

    Akio TS Rookie Posts: 249

    Hahaha! Okay, thanks for that.
     
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