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USA the chief culprit for spamming Aussies

  • 11 October, 2005 09:18

<p>SYDNEY, October 11. Australian computer users receive three times more spam emails from the USA than from any other source, according to statistics from New Millennium Solutions (NMS).</p>
<p>While 29 per cent of all spam received by a sample of home users and small to medium businesses came from the USA, only 9 per cent originated in Australia and 7 per cent from the Republic of Korea.</p>
<p>Other leading countries of origin for junk emails were China with 7 per cent; Canada 4 per cent; UK and Japan 3 per cent; and France, Taiwan, Brazil and Germany 2 per cent.</p>
<p>All spam sent to the Australian recipients in the sample was blocked by NMS’s anti-spam solution, TotalBlock.</p>
<p>According to NMS Chairman, Peter Stewart, the company’s survey showed that pain levels for spam were lower than expected.</p>
<p>He said: “People think they get a lot of spam, but they don't really - it just seems like they do. Our users come to us because their previous methods of filtering were inadequate and they needed a better solution. They talked of receiving tens or hundreds of unwanted emails a day, but their real problem seemed to be the consistency with which unwanted email arrived, each day, every day.”</p>
<p>NMS statistics show the maximum spam received by a single user was 83 in a day. That same user received a daily average of 52. The minimum spam count was 3 in one day and that user received an average of 1 per day. The overall average was 7 spam emails, while the average maximum was 13.</p>
<p>Peter Stewart says: “Unwanted email is a regular visitor to clients’ in-boxes, and the pain level and failure of the filtering systems occurs around an average of 5 per day, with an associated maximum of 10 per day. Based on what our clients told us before taking our TotalBlock solution, we thought this level would be closer to 30. It’s interesting to see the statistics telling a different story.”</p>
<p>The maximum spread of email from originating countries received by a single customer was 39 and the lowest 2.</p>
<p>Peter Stewart said that while some email might be unexpected, it was not necessarily unwanted because it might be from a genuine contact. Unlike traditional anti-spam solutions which use the filtering methodology, TotalBlock’s Challenge-Response method ensures that users receive all genuine emails.</p>
<p>SPAM COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN - 25/8/200 to 22/9/200</p>
<p>Country + Spam percentage</p>
<p>USA 29.48%
Australia 9.02%
Republic of Korea 6.76%
China 6.56%
Canada 3.63%
UK 3.39%
Japan 3.10%
France 2.21%
Taiwan 1.94%
Brazil 1.92%
Germany 1.63%
Spain 1.36%
Poland 1.15%
Italy 1.04%
Norway 0.90%
The Netherlands 0.84%
Chile 0.81%
Russian Federation 0.81%
Hong Kong 0.69%
Israel 0.67%
Mexico 0.66%
Singapore 0.61%
Portugal 0.60%
Argentina 0.58%
India 0.44%
Hungary 0.38%
Romania 0.38%
Turkey 0.37%
Sweden 0.31%
Switzerland 0.29%
Thailand 0.29%
Malaysia 0.29%
Uruguay 0.26%
Nigeria 0.23%
Austria 0.20%
South Africa 0.18%
Philippines 0.18%
Belgium 0.18%
Venezuela 0.15%
New Zealand 0.14%
Latvia 0.14%
Morocco 0.14%
Czech Republic 0.12%
Ireland 0.12%
Denmark 0.11%
Bulgaria 0.11%
Columbia 0.11%
Dominican Republic 0.11%
Peru 0.09%</p>
<p>About TotalBlock</p>
<p>TotalBlock - www.totalblock.net - is an Australian-developed anti-spam solution that blocks ALL spam, using the challenge-response methodology rather than less reliable filtering techniques. TotalBlock quickly and easily builds up a list of acceptable incoming email senders by replying automatically to all those who are not on the user’s allowed list. The reply message contains an action that, when followed, automatically adds the sender to the allowed list. Since the authorisation process requires human intervention, it bypasses drone machines that spew out so much spam. All address book entries are authorised automatically, as are senders who reply to mail sent by the user.</p>
<p># # #</p>
<p>For more information</p>
<p>Peter Stewart or Ben Corby David Frost
New Millennium Solutions PR Deadlines
Tel. 61-2-9437 9800 Tel. 61-2-9437 9800</p>

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