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Dual Curses: Viruses and Spam

Controlling virus and spam epidemics is the top e-mail concern of CIOs, a Ferris Research/Computerworld survey finds. Slammer. Bugbear.B. Blaster. Sobig.F. 2003 was the worst year for virus outbreaks in the 20-year history of computer viruses, declares a report by F-Secure Corp. in San Jose. It was a growth year for spam, too, and by December, 62.7% of all global e-mail was spam, say researchers at U.K.-based MessageLabs Inc. So it’s not surprising that CIOs report that viruses and spam are their biggest concerns regarding e-mail, according to a survey by messaging consultancy Ferris Research Inc. and Computerworld. On a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being “one of my biggest headaches,” viruses and spam tied with an average rating of 3.2, leading the list of messaging issues in the survey. “Viruses and spam? That sounds right to me,” says Robert W. Reeg, senior vice president of systems development at MasterCard International Inc. in O’Fallon, Mo., commenting on the survey results. “We’ve certainly focused on those areas.” Full Story

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