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Email spam doubles in a year

Do you represent a recently overthrown dictatorship in Africa and/or Asia? Are you having trouble getting your money out of the country and looking for someone who can rest a spare $30 million in their bank account in exchange for a small commission? Perhaps you’ve thoughtlessly emigrated to a hot country and need help to repatriate your dog?

Well, you’re in good company. A new report estimates that email spam has doubled in the last year, with more than 120 billion spam messages sent every day worldwide – more than 20 for everyone on the planet. The report – funnily enough, from anti-spam and anti-virus company IronPort – says that spam is also getting more dangerous, with more than 83 per cent of spam in 2007 containing links to servers that could download unauthorised software onto your machine.

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