Study: Five countries send 99 percent of spam

(CNET Offers of drugs, particularly Viagra, accounted for about one-third of global spam messages sent in the first half of 2004, according to a study by Commtouch, a company that sells antispam products. Commtouch said about 55 percent of spam messages originated in the United States, while slightly more than 73 percent of them referred recipients to Web sites hosted in China. China, South Korea, the United States, Russia and Brazil host more than 99 percent of all Web sites mentioned in spam, according to Commtouch. Pitches for drugs and medicines made up about 30 percent of spam e-mails. Mortgage/refinancing and 'organ enlargement' ranked second and third with 9 percent and 7 percent respectively. 18 July 2004

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