Scary Spam Statistics
And in other spam news, CNet.com is running an article on the growing amount of spam and it's cost to businesses. Among other things, the article contains some disturbing statistics:
- The amount of spam has more than doubled in the last 6 months.
- It is estimated that consumers will receive 206 billion junk e-mailings in 2006 (1,400 per person).
- Spam costs an estimated $1 per piece in lost productivity. (Are people actually reading these things?)
- 70% of junk e-mail in the United States is relayed off of (i.e. sent from) servers in Asia, leading to a very controversial practice by American ISPs of blocking all mail from certain countries.
The article is worth a read because it provides a brief overview of the history of spam, attempts to thwart it, and new fronts in the war.