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World spam volume at 81.5%

World spam volume at 81.5%

As part of its research into e-mail, MessageLabs has named the ten worst US states for spam volume.

If you thought the quantity of junk e-mail you received was impressive, spare a thought for your ISPs servers: over 80 percent of what they see is pure spam.

According to a report published by MessageLabs – who, it must be said, have something of a vested interest in the whole spam issue – and quoted by Ars Technica, 81.5 percent of all e-mail traffic for the month of June was unsolicited bulk e-mail, or spam. Those figures are based on the three billion e-mail connections that the company analyses each day for customers of its anti-spam services, and represent a world-wide total. Within the US the total volume of spam sits at a higher 86 percent, with the worst state being Illinois with a whopping 91 percent.

MessageLabs Senior Anti-Spam Technologist – now there's a business card to be proud of – Matt Sergeant says as part of the report that “not only are spam levels increasing, we are also seeing several new and different types of spam. Spam has become mailed out in smaller, more targeted batches and spammers are using varying approaches from leveraging celebrity names and current events to grab attention to exploiting mainstream hosted services like Microsoft Skydrive and Google Docs to evade spam filters. Spammers are relentless in their tactics for exploiting computer users.

The figures demonstrate that the famous CAN-SPAM Act enacted back in 2003 has done nothing to stem the flow of undesired e-mails for the US, something anti-spam campaigners are unsurprised about. With the Act not requiring advance permission before a company sends out an unsolicited commercial e-mail to an individual, and with very little spent on enforcement of the Act, it's clear that something drastic needs to happen before e-mail becomes unusable as a communications medium.

How do you deal with the ever-increasing flow of unsolicited bulk e-mail – and have you ever complained to a spammer's ISP to get them to stop? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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BlackMage23 18th July 2008, 11:26 Quote
Find the spamers and kill them. That will stop the problem overnight.
cjoyce1980 18th July 2008, 11:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by BlackMage23
Find the spamers and kill them. That will stop the problem overnight.

nice solution, i'll get my gun.... POW! POW! LMAO!!!!!
Strages 18th July 2008, 12:11 Quote
Seriously. Lynch Mobs should be legal for things like this. Make them fear for their lives, that'll stop spam and I guarantee it'll cost a helluva lot less than ant-spam software or law enforcement.
Arkanrais 18th July 2008, 12:20 Quote
reply to the spam with strange pictures a la goatse. that should have it stopping in no time :P
p3n 18th July 2008, 12:38 Quote
Spambots dont have taste!
Timmy_the_tortoise 18th July 2008, 13:03 Quote
Outgoing e-mails should be scanned, and if they turn out to be spam, the source computer should be blown up.
mrb_no1 18th July 2008, 13:18 Quote
i'm with the tortoise on this one, nice idea, but lets not have someone like microsoft make the scanning utility, as they might release an update for it that once installed, blows up the pc is any email is sent :P

i'll be honest, i'm on gmail, and i've had one lil bit of spam sneak through in the couple of years i've been on gmail, saying that, my old hotmail doesnt let spam into my inbox either, that goes straight to the trash.

peace
chicorasia 18th July 2008, 14:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by BlackMage23
Find the spamers and kill them. That will stop the problem overnight.

You are clearly overreacting.

There is no need to kill spammers.

Chopping off their fingers and toes is a far more human albeit incredibly effective solution.


XD
Timmy_the_tortoise 18th July 2008, 15:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by chicorasia
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackMage23
Find the spamers and kill them. That will stop the problem overnight.

You are clearly overreacting.

There is no need to kill spammers.

Chopping off their fingers and toes is a far more human albeit incredibly effective solution.


XD

We should cut out the portion of their brain which gives them computer literacy.. Then they won't even know how to type out the spam e-mails, never mind send them.
cpemma 18th July 2008, 17:04 Quote
Do you pinko liberals not know the right to post spam is protected by the US Constitution? That's why the CAN-SPAM Act is so weak.
Silver51 18th July 2008, 17:40 Quote
I get hardly any spam via email, but then I've set up strict filter lists. I don't think any of my friends will try and send me emails about nob enlargement or viagra, so these are auto-rejected.
SNIPERMikeUK 18th July 2008, 18:45 Quote
Do you think they would become confused if we all purchased Viagra (well the blue ones are back in smarties)
Furymouse 18th July 2008, 19:04 Quote
If it wasn't for all the spammers, I wouldn't have any friends :( . Even though they are friends that think I am lacking in certain areas........
Oclocker 18th July 2008, 21:25 Quote
Make the benefiiaries of the spam guilty rather than sender. Spammers with no clients soon become ex-spammers! they are easily traced.
The_Beast 18th July 2008, 23:23 Quote
81% seams high to me b/c I don't get much spam :)
Sathy 19th July 2008, 00:13 Quote
The_Beast perhaps your mail isn't public then?

That's what I do to avoid being spammed, I'm constantly careful to hide my e-mail on any new forums I might register on or any other such services. So far it has worked well for me.

I don't see the current e-mail system lasting for a lot longer if those figures are true, it's just bad business to try to keep up on supporting such a lousy system. Perhaps making mailing software work similar to instant messengers such as WLM or ICQ where you need to "add" people to your list and they need to do the same before being able to talk - or mail in this case - would be a solution.

I wonder how the "outgoing mail should be scanned" idea would work exactly, who would be responsible for the accuracy of the scanning? If it's left to each machine, there's a gazillion ways to go around it. If it's left to the ISP's, getting the filters right so no important mails would be lost would mean that spam would be again possible with enough effort. Maybe I fail to see the point, but as such I don't see that working out any better than the current methods.
mattthegamer463 19th July 2008, 00:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Timmy_the_tortoise
We should cut out the portion of their brain which gives them computer literacy.. Then they won't even know how to type out the spam e-mails, never mind send them.

Take the calligraphy-section of their brain too, or else we might end up receiving snail mail-spam.
chrisb2e9 19th July 2008, 01:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Arkanrais
reply to the spam with strange pictures a la goatse. that should have it stopping in no time :P

I did that, ended up replying enough times to talk to the actual spammer. he insisted that I tell him what was in the pic before he would open it. too much work on my part.
dr-strangelove 19th July 2008, 02:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by BlackMage23
Find the spamers and kill them. That will stop the problem overnight.

And you wonder why people think gamers are violent?
boggsi 19th July 2008, 15:25 Quote
im sure that is lower than it used to be? I remember hearing quotes in the 90's. I suggest that is an increase in legitimate email, not a decrease in spam. Any sent mail, filtered or not is counted in this survey. billgates@microsoft.com gets around 3000 emails a second.
staceymitchel 19th July 2008, 23:27 Quote
Most stuff is offshored. Not sure why anyone would think CAN Spam would be effective! Best thing you can do is have a decent spam filter like SpamBully or use gmail which seems pretty tight on spam.
ClearCaseMan 20th July 2008, 04:33 Quote
I think that it should be fair game on the spam servers. get a group of capable people and let them at the mail servers. maybe them the isp for those would cut them off or even better the server gets fubar'd
johnmustrule 20th July 2008, 05:53 Quote
All my spam is from nigeria and my credit card company, neither can I afford to kill D: alternativly we could all start using yahoo email or smoke signals
docodine 20th July 2008, 20:39 Quote
...Or we could just use ten minute mail to register to random things, and have a private e-mail for friends and more important non-spammy things.
chrisb2e9 20th July 2008, 21:14 Quote
thats what I do. I currently have 4 e-mail addresses. 2 for work, one for friends and legit business. and one for signing up for things that will likely result in spam.
Oclocker 20th July 2008, 23:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tile
I solved the problem with spam coming to my Yahoo email adress by turning on SpamGuard and setting it to delete spam messages upon receiving them. The percentage of spam is really high and to recuce it way stronger action is needed. This includes tracking of the spammers, a radical change in email service provider policies when accepting new members (this implies denying acces to the network for spammers and spambots and hefty sentences for those caught.

Already Hefty fines/jail and as soon as one caught another takes their place.. Only way it'll stop is to go after the financers of spam (sellers easily traced) After all Spam is trying to sell something and thats traceable. But The right wing f/wits won't do anything that affects their backhanders from the beneficiaries of spam (ie the spammers and their clients..) THANK GOODNESS for gmail and its spam filters - My spam bin peaked at 10K a month now down to under 1k a month :)
dyzophoria 21st July 2008, 04:35 Quote
I was using gmail before for my personal mail, but it started blocking mail from our offices for about 3-4months, their customer support didnt in anyway addressed my problem, which forced me to stop using it for awhile, I got tired of using a personal email, and just instead continuing using my office mail since I rarely do personal stuff with my email anyway, no spam at all,haha
[USRF]Obiwan 21st July 2008, 11:47 Quote
I am sick of the german spam of officechairs, plants, cigarboxes, shoepolischmachines and gardenheaters...
Cthippo 21st July 2008, 23:42 Quote
I use Yahell mail and it keeps the spam down to a reasonable amount.

The root problem here is not the spammers, but the people who purchase products offered in spam. If you want to do something about spam, try sending out a bunch of it and then sending a TV crew to interview every moron who responds and broadcast it on national TV. Spam only works when people are dumb enough to buy what's advertised. The spammers aren't doing this for their own entertainment, they're doing it because it works and companies are willing to pay them to do it.
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