Another Booming U.S. Export: Email Overload

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More than 20 percent of the world's spam, and more than 30 percent of the world's legitimate email, come from the United States, making it the largest producer of each, according to Mailshell SpamIQ.

The United States drives the world's growing email overload. More than 20 percent of the world's spam, and more than 30 percent of the world's legitimate email, originate in the US, making it the largest producer of each, according to results published today by Mailshell SpamIQ's analysis of global email patterns for the month of February. Mailshell SpamIQ tracks global email traffic patterns, create profiles of spam to identify new attack vectors, and quantifies email filters' detection rates.

"A large portion of this spam comes from 'zombies', computers infected by spam-sending malware," said Reagan Yarema, SpamIQ project manager at Mailshell. "Most zombie networks are controlled by spammers outside the U.S. Many of these zombies are home computers, despite the prevalence of anti-malware software."

Mailshell is the leading provider of traffic reputation, anti-spam and anti-phishing software engines for OEMs. Mailshell helps its OEM partners, including McAfee, CA, Check Point, NETGEAR, Webroot, AVG, Eset and others, generate new revenue, while reducing related engineering and support costs. For more information: http://www.mailshell.com.

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