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94% of all outgoing E-mail is SPAM

94% of all outgoing E-mail is SPAM
16.02.2009

The amount of SPAM is on the rise in the world, and at this point it has reached a dramatic level, indeed.  DEAC, a provider of outsourced IT services in Latvia, has studied the flow of E-mail among its clients, finding that over the last five years, the amount of SPAM has increased by more than 40%.  In 2003, the proportion of SPAM was nearly 50% of all outgoing E-mail, but in 2008, more than 94% of it was SPAM. The new DEAC anti-SPAM system dealt with these easily and prevented them arriving in the E-mail inboxes of the company’s clients.

The amount of SPAM has increased by 3.4% over the last year, according to the DEAC study.In 2007, 91% of all E-mail was SPAM, and in 2008, the proportion was up to 94.4%.  Specialists concluded that the level of intelligence in those who produce SPAM has also increased.  This makes it more difficult to filter SPAM, and there are more frequent instances in which SPAM lands in the client’s inbox after all.  DEAC says that of the 94.4% of E-mail that was SPAM in 2007, 76% was made up of so-called greylisted E-mail, 14.4% was outright SPAM, 2.8% represented SPF (Sender Policy Framework) rejections, and 1.2% had viruses.
In comparison, we can note that at the global level, 90% of all E-mail is span, and each day some 200 billion E-mails of this type are fired off around the world.  The top three sources of SPAM are the United States, Turkey and Russia, which generate nearly 35% of all SPAM each year.

SPAM is often more than just annoying.  It can cause real losses to Internet users – millions of euros in Latvian alone, because SPAM is a waste of time.  People either read it or erase it, but that nevertheless takes time, as well as a great deal of the Internet network and infrastructure.  If you use E-mail, you’re paying for each incoming SPAM to a certain extent.  SPAM can cause E-mail systems to break down, productivity decreases, and major financial losses are suffered by companies.  The sending of SPAM, by contrast, costs virtually nothing.

“Those who send SPAM are constantly improving their technologies and looking for new ways to avoid filters.  The technologies are new and much smarter now.  The systems imitate positive E-mails, and the text is automatically generated in a unique way.  The text can be provided as a photo, for instance.  The SPAM filters into the user’s E-mail and then sends SPAM to everyone in that user’s address book,” explains DEAC board chairman Andris Gailītis.

“Anti-virus companies in the world say that without filters and other protection, the average Internet user can receive as many as 70 SPAM letters a day.  “In order to avoid SPAM, I suggest that you refrain from publishing your private E-mail address on the Internet as much as possible.  If you have to do so, then use two E-mail addresses, one to use in various Internet forms, the other just for private purposes.  If your company receives a flood of SPAM, you must ask your Internet service provider to offer a proper filter.  If that does not yield any results, then think about finding a new Internet service provider.  Modern and more powerful anti-SPAM systems ensure maximal protection against undesirable E-mail,” Gailītis says in explaining ways in which the number of SPAM letters can be reduced.

SPAM is an undesirable, illegal, but very common form of advertising in the world.  Without the user’s permission, an E-mail containing advertising is sent to him or her.  The biggest problem is that SPAM is annoying.  Time has to be spent in deleting undesired letters.  It sometimes happens that acceptable ones are deleted at the same time.  SPAM also places an unnecessary burden on data transmission systems.

About DEAC:
DEAC is the largest data center operator in the Baltics and an IT outsourcing company with 10 years experience and highly qualified personnel. Business ir orientated to provide data center services and IT outsourcing on Eurasia scale.   Owns two carrier-neutral data centers in Riga, Latvia. Total server area 1000 sq.m. Data centers are equipped with TIER I/II/III/IV infrastructure, duplicated power supply sources, APC UPS systems, SDMO diesel generators, Emerson Network Power climate-control systems, FM200 gas fire suppression systems, optical 10 Gbit/s lines from 5 different providers, server systems and network monitoring service. Connections with AMS-IX, DE-CIX, LINX, MSK-IX.

DEAC offers a full range of integrated IT solutions and to almost 2000 customers from 20 countries of the world, among them – Spanish telecommunication operator „Telefonica”, „Danske Bank”, „Unicredit bank”, „Latvijas Bank”, „Rietumu Bank”, “Elko Group” „DEPO DIY”, “Microsoft Latvia”, “Philips Baltic”, „TV3 Latvija”, and others.
DEAC is the developer of a popular Latvian school management system e-klase.
DEAC is an official distributor of DELL in Latvia and an official partner of „Microsoft”, „APC” „VMware”, „EMC” and „Synterra”.
More about data center operator DEAC –
www.deac.eu


Oleg Naskidayev – Head of Marketing and Development Department
E- mail:
onaskidaev@deac.eu
Telephone: +371 6707 2100,
Mobile: +371 29170 284



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