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Porn spam still not labeled

Parents are probably among the most aware of this: The law hasn’t made it one bit harder for kids to stumble on porn spam, CNET reports. The people who send out those millions of pornographic emails apparently are ignoring a new FTC rule requiring porn emails to be labeled as such (under the US’s CAN-SPAM Act of December ’03). “Not only did illegal sexually-explicit spam fail to slow down after the regulations took effect May 19, but pornographic email measured by one antispam company jumped from around 2 million messages in a 40-hour period last week to around 2.5 million during the same period this week.” Meanwhile, the BBC reports that spam of all sorts now accounts for about 70% of email worldwide. The good news in this report is that financial spam is up and porn down in terms of subject matter. “Junk mail offering stock price tips, cheap loans and mortgages accounts for nearly 38% of all spam, while pornography accounts for just 5%.” Viagra-type drugs, miracle diets, hair restorers, and other “health-related” subjects make up 40% of all junk email.

As for remedies, here’s a dense piece for the very interested at CNET about progress in technical efforts to beat spam and spam scams. And the FBI is cracking down. It recently told Congress that it has identified more than 100 “significant spammers” and is targeting the worst 50 for “potential prosecution later this year,” CNET also reports.

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