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In addition to plenty of turkey, a record amount of spam will be served up this holiday season.
In October, 63 billion junk messages were sent daily, on average, compared with 31 billion a year ago. Antispam specialists, report that 88.7 percent of all e-mail sent in October was unsolicited. That percentage is expected to rise to nearly 90 percent in November and December.
There's a holiday spam spike every year, because people are more likely to open the messages, experts said. Consumers are shopping online more, are desperate for gift ideas and expect electronic greeting cards. Spammers exploit all of that by sending fake order confirmations and e-cards and, of course, suggesting their products as gifts.
Internet service providers and antispam companies are working hard to fight this onslaught of spam. But it's a game of cat-and-mouse, and right now, the spammers are slipping away, experts said. ..."The best vendors are able to stop about 98 percent of spam." That still leaves 2 percent that gets through, which is a lot with the current, increasing spam levels, she added. ...As companies fight to stop spam, spammers evolve new methods, too. ..."it looks like people will be getting a lot of junk in the Christmas season." © TechRepublic 2006
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