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ISPs: Email Abuse Down But Not Out
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 17:07

Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) says ISPs, bad guys at a draw when it comes to spam, malicious email

Oct 26, 2009 | 09:37 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins

MESSAGING ANTI-ABUSE WORKING GROUP (MAAWG) GENERAL MEETING -- PHILADELPHIA -- Internet service providers reported a slight dip in email abuse in the second quarter of this year, according to data revealed today by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) at its general meeting here.

MAAWG, an ISP working group aimed at helping combat spam and more recently, botnet abuse, says that spam and malicious emails dropped to 89 percent in the second quarter from 90.4 percent in the first quarter of 2009. MAAWG gathers the only email abuse data based on reports directly from the ISPs, and its latest data is drawn from 500 million email boxes and 200 billion delivered email messages, says Jerry Upton, executive director of MAAWG.

Researchers from Symantec, McAfee, and Cisco, meanwhile, here also reported slight dips in spam and email abuse in the third quarter, although those rates were higher than MAAWG's second quarter numbers. MAAWG plans to release Q3 numbers in a few weeks. [Dark Reading...] [Comments...]



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