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Rain stops play for spam mongers

Hurricanes in Florida linked to dip in spam activity

The silver lining to the dark storm clouds over Florida this hurricane season is that they may have been responsible for noticeable drop in spam activity during September.

Spam dropped significantly to an average of 75.53 percent of all email last month, far below the normal average of 85 percent.

Email management specialists Email Systems have said that this could well have been caused by the succession of hurricanes that have battered the Eastern seaboard of the USA, through which a good deal of spam is regularly routed.

Said Neil Hammerton, Managing Director of Email Systems: "The fact that the geographical region’s devastation by hurricane after hurricane in September coincides with this drop in spam output highlights the fact that a huge proportion of spam email is routed via the USA, even though in many cases the email originates from an entirely different part of the world."

However, he continued, "Unfortunately the catastrophe that has struck the region seems not to have deterred spammers too greatly as the last ten days of September saw another significant upturn in the proportion of spam in email, jumping from daily averages of 50 or 60 percent to averages of 80 or 90 percent."


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