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EU urges members to fight spam

November 28th, 2006

The European Union said Monday that member states should do better in fighting malicious software after finding that 85 percent of emails received in Europe are spam.

Despite existing EU legislation to fight spam, Europe continues to suffer from illegal online activities from inside the EU and from third countries.

According to security firm Symantec, between 54 percent and 85 percent of all emails sent to European’s mailboxes are spam emails. The EU commission said that member states should step up their efforts to fight illegal online activities.

The U.S. remains the single biggest source of spam, accounting for 22 percent of all spam received in the EU, the Commission said.

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