Research shows that Email Addresses Affect Amount of Spam Users Receive

“Are the large volumes of spam mails fuming you up?” Then your username is largely responsible for this, as a recent study has revealed that usernames starting with some key alphabets, such as - A, M, S, R, or, P – are 40 percent more vulnerable to spamming than others.

An analytical study from Dr Richard Clayton, computer scientist Cambridge University, has purported that these letters have more tendency to appear in the beginning of names, and hence most of the spammer devise their spamming activity based on this fact; further, usernames starting with Q, Z and Y are less prone to spam messages, and they receive only 20 percent of spam mails.

Dr Clayton carried out an intensive research, and studied 550 mails sent between 1 February and 27 March this year, to the subscribers of the Demon Internet service.

He claimed that spammers carry out, what is popularly termed as “dictionary” attack, in which, the mailers extract the part of the live mail address and put these in front of the other net-domains to fetch a new one.

However, some anomalies have also been reported in the study, as the usernames beginning with the letter U, usually gets 50 percent spam mails, despite their paucity over the web.