Top List of Most Spammed States

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New York — July 16
MessageLabs, a provider of messaging and Web security services to businesses worldwide, announced year-to-date spam rates for individual U.S. states, according to MessageLabs Intelligence data. The top 10 most spammed US states are as follows:

1. Illinois
2. South Dakota
3. Oregon
4. New Hampshire
5. Wisconsin
6. North Carolina
7. Indiana
8. Texas
9. Pennsylvania
10. Alabama

“The varying spam levels across states can be attributed to different socioeconomic factors and levels of security awareness in each state,” said Matt Sergeant, senior anti-spam technologist at MessageLabs. “The states that are experiencing higher spam levels may not place as high a priority on IT security overall or employees, and businesses may be more willing to share their personal contact information in public domains. When e-mail addresses are openly available, spammers take advantage of it and inundate those inboxes with massive amounts of spam.”

MessageLabs scans 3 billion e-mail connections per day, and in June, the global ratio of spam in e-mail traffic from new and previously unknown bad sources was 81.5 percent. The lowest percentage of spam going to a single state was 78.5 percent. The average spam level for the entire U.S. reached 86 percent in June.

“Not only are spam levels increasing, we are also seeing several new and different types of spam,” Sergeant said. “Spam has become mailed out in smaller, more targeted batches and spammers are using varying approaches from leveraging celebrity names and current events to grab attention to exploiting mainstream hosted services like Microsoft Skydrive and Google Docs to evade spam filters. Spammers are relentless in their tactics for exploiting computer users.”

 

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