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New Brunswick Records Spam Level Above 90%

Symantec's Hosted Services MessageLabs released a report "Messagelabs Intelligence Special Report: Spam Rates in Canada" in the second week of July 2010. The report has highlighted that New Brunswick leads among the top spammed provinces with an estimated spam rate of 92.5%.

Paul Wood, a Senior Analyst at Symantec Hosted Services, has stated that the hospitality industry is one key reason for the increased spam rate in New Brunswick, as per the statement published by MessageLabs on July 14, 2010".

He has further added that service oriented sectors like catering and hospitality need to intensively communicate and interact with customers, suppliers and business partners, which tends to increase the reception of a large amount of spam.

Other provinces than New Brunswick have recorded spam ratios below the global average of 89.3%. Thus, British Columbia registered a spam rate of 89%, Alberta 87.6%, Saskatchewan 88.7%, Manitoba 87%, Ontario 87.5%, Newfoundland & Labrador scored 86%, Quebec 87% and Nova Scotia 87%.

Further, the report states that the government or public sector has recorded a spam rate of 90.5%. The IT industry has represented as the least spammed sector with a spam rate of 84.8%, followed by Automotive at 85.8%.

Another report "MessageLabs Intelligence Special Report: Spam rates in Denmark" by SHS MessageLabs has revealed that the national spam rate in Denmark reached very high at a rate of 92.1%. Herlev has represented the most spammed town with a spam ratio of 98.6%, followed by Søborg and Ikast with a spam rate of 94.3% and 93.5% respectively.

Commenting on the finding, Wood has stated that these regions of Denmark (Herlev, Søborg and Ikast) received the maximum spam because there are higher concentrations of SMB- sized businesses, as per a statement published by MessageLabs on July 14, 2010.

He has further commented that SMBs have recorded higher spam rate as compared to the large enterprises. However, the size of the organization and its location don't matter much because security should be the topmost priority of every organization as spammers are consistently planning their tactics to target business of all sizes and locations.

To reduce spam levels, the report has suggested everybody to avoid clicking on links contained in the spam or junk emails. Replying to such mails might lead to more spam, the report concluded.

Related article: New Zealand Releases Code To Reduce Spam

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