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FTC Report Urges to Fight Spam

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) conducted a workshop "Spam Summit: The Next Generation of Threats and Solutions" in July 2007 and has described its findings in its new report. During the 2006 workshop, panelists notified that spam has become a vital worldwide vector to spread malware and financial crimes by exploiting various sophisticated technologies. The eminent panelists viewed that in most of the cases, the activities carried out by spammers are mostly criminal and criminal law enforcement bodies should stop their criminal acts.

The FTC, in its report, has recommended steps and action that should be adopted by the stakeholders so that they can win over the ill effects of wicked practices like phishing and spamming.

In addition to this, the report by the FTC has also revealed the results of staff's 2007 Harvesting and Filtering Study. The results of the study states that e-mail spam are considerably reduced with the help of spam filters that are being provided by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The service bars the reach of spam messages into the users' mail inbox.

The FTC is asking ISP's to help fighting spam forcefully. The Commission has also urged them to take a measure against botnet activity, which can be possible by monitoring and stopping unauthenticated e-mails detected on their tracks so that they are caught before reaching to other users.

The FTC report says that bots accounts for around 95% of spam traffic distributed, and also talks about the problem occurred due to botnets in detail. It points to a 2006 report saying that near about 12 Million of computers infected wit bot were used to send spam messages. The report further reveals that all computers which received spam messages were placed outside the United States.

As per the FTC, spam filters of ISPs are very useful in stopping substantial amount of spam messages, no matter how improved and hi-tech technology is being used to send in the spam messages to spook the user and harvest his data by spammers. As per the data produced by the report, an ISP blocked around 93% of spam messages, while another blocked around 78% of spam.

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