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Disappointing Forecast: Spam has been and will be in your computer

April 14 2005
12:20

According to experts, the U.S. is the epicenter of the spread of spam sent out around the world - all the roads, as they say, are on the prairie. However, reports on the imminent trend: other countries are going to fill the gap, a serious competitor to America and take her place in this field.

According to the company Sophos, which deals with computer security, Australia embarked on the "slippery" way and not so long ago entered the "dirty dozen."

In the period from January to March this year, up 35.7% of spam, which diverged around the world, came from the United States. Neither country is not ready to compete in this respect with the pioneers of America.

South Korea belongs to honorable "silver": about 25% of the posts objectionable content rightfully belong to the State. Next, in descending order followed by: China (9.71%), France (3.19%), Spain (2.74%), Canada (2.68), Japan (2.10%), Brazil (1,95% ), UK (1.57%), Germany (1.23%). No country, in fact, failed to pass the "black list". Future, dare to suggest, for Ukraine, which is also quite successfully conquers a place in the sun and more confidently declares itself in the virtual world.

According to experts, despite the fact that the U.S. has a leading position in the world of e-waste and omnipresent spam, pocketing about a third of the total international traffic, pattern, like the movement of tectonic plates, varies from year to year. The percentage of America is beginning to give way to other countries. Thus, the number of distributed garbage dropped in the U.S. by 12% since January this year, compared to the rest of the world. The reason for the fall "rating" is that many Internet service providers have resorted to new control systems for clients, not to serve, even if unintentionally, potential spammers.

For the record
In America, there is a certain CAN-SPAM Act of January 1, 2004, under which companies conduct their business, correspondence with clients, and which establishes a uniform national standard regulating spam. Law is aimed primarily at the e-messages, which are promotional in nature and designed to promote products or services. Under the law, are allowed to sending such messages, provided that the sender is properly represented in the letter and the recipient have an opportunity to refuse future mailings. In addition, in some U.S. states local law allows initiating a criminal case for malicious spammers.

An additional difficulty is that most of the letters known to contain information of advertising and propaganda or outright porn, sent from the computers, known as "zombies" that are configured properly by hackers and are difficult to detect. Similarly, also written and spread viruses. About half of all spam circulating in the world falls on zombie computers, for another part of the responsible small fry.

According to research conducted in the EU each year, users of Internet resources, spend about 10 billion euros for something to get rid of annoying spam by different means or foul.

Coglasno recent studies, people are still more easily perceive send them e-waste and tolerance. More than half of respondents - Internet users - are unanimous that spam is a serious problem.Maybe we just accept: the world has enough small irritants such as traffic jams that occur pens, escaping into the sand time, from which you can not hide. Just have to learn to correctly perceive them and coexist with them, paying due to their presence as the default time.

Moreover, that at least visually, but the mailing was a neat appearance - pornography pales into insignificance, giving way to a more pragmatic approach. Instead of "silicone paradise" is actively used fraud to get benefits as early as possible and as much as possible. As a result, thieves are subject to gullible customers, who themselves are sent over the request of third party accommodation of their accounts and passwords to them. Up to 35% with a survey of people admitted that they had received similar letters. 2% for this fall for the bait. In this regard, suffice it to recall a typical case with Citibank, the famous Russian customer, who must, in turn, further prevent their investors about the dangers hanging over them. From cyber-crooks, unfortunately, no one is immune.

Our studies also demonstrate that an increasing number of people recently faced with using their e-addresses in the political campaigns of various parties.

System of protection against junk e-mail, meanwhile, has undergone minor changes over time. The most trusted and natural way is still the usual care and caution: do not "shine" your e-mail in public resources, especially the forums, where spammers usually "feed." If you are not sure that spammers will bypass your side, get yourself a special box that can be set aside for the event. Another solution, which are increasingly resorting users - select the "complicated" address, such as, "krj88d3ss", because spammers usually use the method of selection of addresses blindly, using the standard dictionary, compiling the most common combinations of words.

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