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Recent Increase in spam

Many of you have probably noticed an increase in SPAM that is reaching your mailboxes. As you may know, SCS Computing Facilities operates an anti-SPAM service running software that is provided by a third party (Sophos Labs, in this case). This software is continually updated by the vendor and is still doing an effective job of catching incoming SPAM.

Industry sources tell us, however, that the amount of SPAM being sent worldwide has essentially doubled over the past year. In the month of October alone, the anti-SPAM vendors (not just Sophos Labs) estimate that 61 billion SPAM messages were sent worldwide. So, even if our SPAM filters were operating at the same effectiveness as before (even the best anti-SPAM services let about 2% of SPAM through) you would be seeing more SPAM in your mail.

Computing Facilities is continually exploring better ways to combat SPAM, but we must be careful to balance anti-SPAM measures with the continual need to provide fast, reliable mail service to our customers. Watch the Help pages for more information about changes to the anti-SPAM services in the upcoming months.