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88% of emails in circulation in March were spam

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Symantec’s monthly report indicates that the spam rate reached 88 percent of the total e-mail in circulation during March. The country of origin of most unsolicited messages remains the United States, where a quarter of all emails unwanted.

According to the information collected by the security company, the spammers are taking advantage of MTA (Mail Transfer Agent) programs in order to force the sending of emails in massive quantities globally, until they reach the end users’ electronic mailboxes.

Spam users in EMEA regions have focused on attacks on social networks, reaching more than two million Symantec customers, the company explains in a statement.

The March report also states that for two consecutive months «the spammers Chinese people find that sex sells, this time through a phone sex service «, advertised in the email.

The most observed categories of spam throughout March were those aimed at promoting products (22 percent), followed by messages focused on the Internet, namely for services online intended for adults (20 percent), financial sector (15 percent) and health (11 percent).

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