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Israel: Drowning in spam
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Not only terrorism: Israel number 1 target for spam
International report indicates Israel tops world list of incoming junk mail, holding top spot since June. Other countries in top list include US in second place, Ireland in third. India holds top spot for virus content
As if Israelis have not suffered enough in the past year from terrorism, war, and rocket attacks, they have another nuisance they must cope with on top of everything else, and more than anyone else in the world: Spam


A report published this week by the internet company MessageLabs, an international provider of integrated messaging and web security

services, indicates that Israel continues to hold the dubious title of the world's top target for spam, viruses, and other junk sent to the inboxes of millions of Israeli Internet and e-mail users on a daily basis.


The report indicates that among all countries in the world, Israel was the top target for spam in the month of October, with an increase of 9.1 percent from the previous month.


According to the data the company gathers on a monthly basis, Israel has been on the top of the spam list from the month of June, and has not come down from there since.


Other top countries who share the dubious top spammed list include the United States, who has overtaken Ireland to take the second place with a monthly increase of 11.5 percent from September.


The country who experienced the sharpest rise in spam was India where spam levels increased by a massive 20.5 percent to 49.3 percent from the previous month. The country also remains the hardest hit country in terms of virus activity, with 1 in 16 of all inbound email traffic being affected.


A more encouraging trend took place in the US, where according to the report, virus activity fell by 0.26 percent to 0.73 percent (1 in 135.7) of emails, pushing it to the bottom of the list in October, closely followed by the Netherlands with 1 in 134 of emails.


Australia, previously at the bottom of the list, saw the biggest increase in viruses to rank 12th in October, increasing by 0.4 percent to 1.2 percent (1 in 84.1) of email traffic containing harmful content.


פרסום ראשון: 11.06.06, 20:03
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