Nearly 95 percent of the e-mail sent in 2007 has been
"spam," junk advertising loathed by its recipients,
according to a report released Wednesday by a US Web
The amount of junk e-mail has skyrocketed despite a
2004 US CAN-SPAM Act that placed restrictions on
sending unwanted messages and sanctioned penalties for
"spammers," according to California-based Barracuda
Junk messages made up an estimated 70 percent of e-mail
the year the act was passed, the Barracuda report
Barracuda said it based its findings on analysis of
more than a billion e-mail messages received daily by
its approximately 50,000 customers worldwide.
Spammers cunningly hide their identities by routing
e-mails through other people's websites, blogs or
computers, according to Barracuda.