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5/20/2009
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eleven: Spam Volume Has Doubled Since April 1

Growth constitutes twice the amount of spam as compared to before the spam hoster McColo was cut off in November 2008

BERLIN, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The daily spam volume has doubled since 1 April 2009, Germany's leading e-mail security provider eleven reports. After growing significantly in the second half of April, the eleven experts have noticed a dramatic increase in spam traffic, beginning 5 May 2009. Between 1 April and 18 May 2009, spam grew by 102 per cent overall. This growth constitutes twice the amount of spam as compared to before the spam hoster McColo was cut off in November 2008. That cutoff precipitated a drastic, but apparently temporary, drop of worldwide spam levels by more than 60 per cent.

"The increase constitutes the highest we have seen during a comparable period in a long time. This proves that the spammers were very successful at rebuilding their infrastructures after McColo incident," says Robert, Rothe founder and CEO of eleven.

Spam's greatest threat, according to the eleven experts, lies in its sheer volume. An increase of this magnitude has similar consequences as a DoS attack and can cause overload and even temporary collapse of e-mail infrastructures. "ISPs are especially susceptible to this growing problem. For them, as well as for companies of all sizes, it becomes crucial to ensure their business-relevant e-mail communication at all times," says Robert Rothe.

eleven - e-mail security made in Germany

eleven is Germany's leading e-mail security provider. eXpurgate is the world's only spam filter and e-mail categorisation service that offers reliable protection against spam and phishing mails, recognises potentially dangerous e-mails and differentiates between individual mails and any kind of bulk mail. What's more, eXpurgate also offers a powerful e-mail firewall and a comprehensive range of options for protecting against viruses.

More than 30,000 businesses of all sizes use the eXpurgate service. eXpurgate checks and categorises over 1 billion e-mails every day.

Alongside ISPs and carriers such as T-Online, O2, Vodafone and freenet, eleven's client base includes many well-known companies and public institutions such as Air Berlin, the Association of German Banks, DATEV, the Free University of Berlin, Landesbank Berlin, Mazda, RTL and Tobit Software. Further information can be found at http://www.eleven.de.

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