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90 Percent of Emails Are Spam Says Report

Email security firm MessageLabs has claimed that every nine out of ten emails in circulation can be categorised as spam emails although most of this fails to reach users' inboxes.

According to the study conducted by the company, it has been found that free hosted domains are being widely used by spammers to spread junk emails, many of which relate to the get rich scams.

Though the problem of junk emails have plagued internet user for years now, the new revelation from MesageLabs which put the spam levels to nearly 90 percent, in May has painted a stark picture of the situation that users regularly experience.

Giving an insight into how spammers have evolved Paul Wood, a senior analyst at MessageLabs mentioned "In 2008 CAPTCHA-breaking, social networking spam and the use of webmail for spamming all became popular tactics. Today, the bad guys are using the three together as a triple threat to heighten the effectiveness of their spamming."

Incidentally the study has also come up with interesting facts on when people are more likely to receive spam emails; according the report people in United States tend to receive spam primarily during 9am to 10am while those living in Europe tend to receive it over the day while internet users in Asia are more likely to receive spam overnight.

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Our Comments

The spam issue is no longer something that affects end users directly thanks to the maturity of the spam detection market. Furthermore as end users coalesce around the three big email providers, the chances that spam emails actually overflow into the users' inbox is very low.

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