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One of 10 spams - religious

by Nikola Strahija on May 4th, 2005 Junk mail relating to religion has soared during April, accounting for one in 10 spam emails. Porn, medicines and financial scams each lost ground to religious junk mail last month.

The global interest in religion that accompanied the death of Pope John Paul II and the naming of Pope Benedict XVI captured the imagination of spammers. These spam email promoted allegedly free biographies and audio books regarding the late Pope John Paul II, for example. Others offered promises to build a cathedral in his honor in exchange for a donation.

Overall spam email made up an average of 91.8 per cent of the messages. Although many hundreds of thousands of viruses are still being sent each month, only 0.42 per cent of traffic was virus-infected.

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