Users Don't Relate Bot Infections to Risky Behavior as Millions Continue to Click on Spam

Half of computer users respond to spam messages in ways that open them up to the risk of malware.

CNW: According to a new survey by Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG), tens of millions of computer users respond to spam in risky ways, even though 80 percent of them know these activities put them at risk. A full 50 percent of those surveyed said they have opened spam, clicked on a link in spam, opened a spam attachment, replied or forwarded it.

"Consumers need to understand they are not powerless bystanders. They can play a key role in standing up to spammers by not engaging and just marking their emails as junk," said Michael O'Reirdan, MAAWG chairman.

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