Spam volume rises 144% year-on-year

The volume of e-mail spam has rocketed recently with spam accounting for nearly 94% of all internet e-mail sent during December, according to Postini.

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By  Published  January 18, 2007

The volume of e-mail spam has rocketed recently with spam accounting for nearly 94% of all internet e-mail sent during December, according to Postini.

The message security firm said it blocked more than 25 billion spam messages in December, a 144% increase from the amount of spam in the same month of the previous year.

"This continued rise in spam levels is threatening the viability of e-mail for businesses that are not properly protected, and is sapping the productivity of hundreds of millions of workers around the world," said Daniel Druker, executive vice president of marketing at Postini.

Botnets, which are networks of hijacked personal computers that spammers use to deluge the internet with ever increasing volumes of spam and viruses, are particularly on the rise, according to the company.

Postini said it expects to see spam levels continue to increase in 2007 as more personal computers are attached to high-speed internet.

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