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Two-thirds of all e-mail is spam, plus other facts

The latest edition of a book of global digital facts has exposed spam as an even more massive problem than previously imagined. Two-thirds of all email sent in March was spam, while only 20 percent of it was legitimate, according to the 2006 edition of the Digital Economy Fact Book, released yesterday by the PFF (Progress and Freedom Foundation), a conservative think-tank based in Washington DC. PFF researchers gathered data from a variety of public and private sources in the fact book.

The fact book is available for free download.

Nine percent of all email sent bounced, while 3 percent was virus email and 1 percent was phishing email.

Nearly 44 percent of all spam came from the US and another 13.6 percent came from China, the book says. More than 52.2 percent of spam focused on pharmaceutical products, and 15.5 percent pitched "enhancer" products.
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