Report: Israelis report election spam

March 29, 2006

Israelis receive a lot of spam e-mail, but in the month leading up to Tuesday's general elections the amount spiked due to political messages.

The Israeli anti-spam company COMMTOUCH said that during the month of March, 59 percent of messages reaching the average Israeli's inbox were junk mail, according to a report on the Hebrew news Web site Ynet.

Of the spam messages, 36 percent were political, COMMTOUCH said, and the majority of those came from the Labor Party and the Shinui Party, the site said.

Labor ended up winning 20 seats in the 120-seat Knesset on Tuesday, while Shinui, once a significant force in Israeli politics, failed this year to clear the vote threshold required to enter the Knesset at all.

A large chunk of the spam -- 56 percent -- was shopping related. Of this portion, a full 30 percent was dedicated to shopping for the upcoming Passover holiday in Israel, the news site said.

COMMTOUCH's research results showed that the worldwide average among 130 countries was 46.4 percent spam in the inbox, but some users reported that as much as 71.5 percent of their e-mail was junk, the site said.

Though Israelis suffer a particularly high spamming rate, much of the junk content actually comes from the United States, the news site said -- 43.7 percent of it. Another 13.6 percent of the spam comes from China, while Germany, Korea, France and Britain each send between 2 percent and 3 percent of Israelis' junk mail, according to the news site.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Google's Street View address reading software also able to decipher CAPTCHAs

Related Stories

Blacklist warnings spread on websites in North Korea

July 2, 2015

North Korea, already one of the least-wired places in the world, appears to be cracking down on the use of the Internet by even the small number of foreigners who can access it with relative freedom by blacklisting and blocking ...

Reddit cracks down on posting nude pics

February 24, 2015

(AP)—Social-networking and news site Reddit says it will remove photos, videos and links with explicit content if the person in the image hasn't given permission for it to be posted.

Which phone is most vulnerable to malware?

April 30, 2014

As each new computer virus attack or vulnerability comes to light, millions instinctively check their computer to see if their anti-malware application is up to date. This is a good idea and they are wise to do it but a large ...

Recommended for you

Most EU nations seek to bar GM crops

October 4, 2015

Nineteen of the 28 EU member states have applied to keep genetically modified crops out of all or part of their territory, the bloc's executive arm said Sunday, the deadline for opting out of new European legislation on GM ...

The dark side of Nobel prizewinning research

October 4, 2015

Think of the Nobel prizes and you think of groundbreaking research bettering mankind, but the awards have also honoured some quite unhumanitarian inventions such as chemical weapons, DDT and lobotomies.

Internet giants race to faster mobile news apps

October 4, 2015

US tech giants are turning to the news in their competition for mobile users, developing new, faster ways to deliver content, but the benefits for struggling media outlets remain unclear.

Fusion reactors 'economically viable' say experts

October 2, 2015

Fusion reactors could become an economically viable means of generating electricity within a few decades, and policy makers should start planning to build them as a replacement for conventional nuclear power stations, according ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.