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Microsoft Says 97% of All E-mail Is Spam

Katie, bar the door! By Microsoft's count, spam accounts for 97-percent of all e-mail! This is up from the 94-percent figure given recently by the New York Times, but we still couldn't be less surprised.

This annoying news comes from a new security report issued by Microsoft. The biggest culprit, as usual, was pharmaceutical companies, whose unwanted crap mail was responsible for nearly half of all detected spam.

Microsoft's findings differed from other firms, though, which found spam percentages to be significantly lower. Security company MessageLabs Intelligence found that spam accounted for about 75-percent of all e-mail for the month of January. It's true that spam numbers dropped when known spammer McColo Corporation went under in November 2008, but it appears that the aggravating practice has rebounded.

Whatever the real percentage is, it's absurdly high. Now excuse us while we reply to an email from John, who swears he has just found the best male enhancement pill ever.

Sweet. [From ArsTechnica]

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