Businesses’ festive emails were dominated by spam, according to new research.

Approximately 57 per cent of all emails received by businesses over the Christmas period were spam, new research from network management company Ipswitch has shown.

And although spam accounted for over half of all emails received by UK companies over Christmas, Ipswitch claims these figures do show improvement.

In August 2005, spam accounted for a massive 74 per cent of all emails received.

The most popular type of spam offerings for the third quarter in the row were mortgage, loan and financial deals which made up 21 per cent of all emails.

David Karp, Ipswitch spokesman, said: “The spammers and cyber criminals that plague the global online community are increasingly moving to other emails in their goal of slowing down the information super highway, through targeting emerging technologies such as instant messaging and blogging.”

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