Understanding the Spam Market – Discover Vircom’s Latest White Papers On The Spam Issue

Paris, 2 November 2004 – Vircom, Canadian innovator in anti-spam technologies, announced the availability of its white papers describing the spam market. Facing the complexity of spam, Vircom’s research team studied the impact spam has on business and home users, compiling the results in the white papers now available on the Vircom website.

The following White Papers can be downloaded from the Vircom website.

– Exposing e-mail borne fraud
This first look into online scams emphasizes Advanced Fee Frauds, also known as Nigerian 419 scams. “We have put a lot of effort into collecting actual instances of email fraud and replying to them as potential victims,” said Erin Haller, marketing and communications specialist at Vircom and co-author of the study. “The email conversations and forged documents presented in the study are genuine examples of how Advanced Fee Frauds are typically conducted.”

– Facing consequences
Vircom spent 6 months monitoring thousands of e-mail inboxes and analyzing the results of various levels of response to spam, from clicking the links they contain to sending aggressive responses directly to spammers. “The results are stunning”, says Marc Chouinard, head of Vircom’s SpamBuster Team, which directed the study.

“Not only have we seen a dramatic increase in spam activity in accounts responding to spam, we have also documented that aggressive responses sent to spammers will actually trigger up to a 300% increase in the junk you will get from them!”

– Why spammers spam
“This study features interviews with three American spammers and reveals surprising insights about their methods, tools, tricks and organization. The study also features comments from international spam expert Michael D. Osterman, President and founder of Washington-based Osterman Research, who also contributed to Vircom’s international study on spam legislation mentioned bellow.”

– Can laws block spam?
“What distinguishes this study is that it creates a parallel between three very different legislative approaches” says Anne P. Mitchell, Esq., President of the Institute for Spam and Internet Public Policy. “It sheds an unbiased light on the strengths and weaknesses of various legal initiatives, and helps people understand the important role governments have to play in the resolution of the spam problem.”

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About Vircom: www.vircom.com
Montreal-based Vircom is a leading developer of cutting-edge Internet infrastructure and secure messaging solutions for the demanding needs of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and corporate clients. Vircom’s mature ModusTM secure email management technology incorporates over 10 years of industry expertise, making it a powerful driving force in the defense against spam and email-borne fraud.

Present in Europe since 2003, Vircom Europe has distribution agreements for its Modus anti-spam products with a network of managed security service providers, value-added distributors and resellers in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the
Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

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