Thanks Geronimo for this one.
Inboxes are being flooded with junk emails at an increasing rate during the holiday season, leading to network overload and fast-spreading viruses
The festive spirit has seen Christmas email spam swell 650 percent since this time last year, heightening the risks associated with unprotected networks and placing a burden on workplace bandwidth, according to SurfControl Australia.
SurfControl's Australian content development team has identified the 650 percent increase, which is reflective of a global trend, SurfControl Australia managing director, Charles Heunemann, told ZDNet Australia.
During non-holiday periods 60 percent of junk emails are regurgitated around the Web and the 650 percent increase is indicative of new junk email submissions to SurfControl's RiskFilter database --- which categorises junk email and blocks it from entering a customer's network.
News source: ZDNet