The State Of Spam


Filters have gotten so effective at keeping junk email away from users that there's little public outcry against spam today. But behind the scenes, the problem is worse than ever and it could mask a serious, real world threat.

If billions of spam messages travel throughout the Internet every day, but consumers see just a few of them in their inboxes, do they really exist?

Unsolicited bulk e-mail, otherwise known as spam, accounted for about 80 percent of all the e-mail traffic on the Internet during the first three months of 2006. This was the conclusion reached by the international Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group, whose members include AOL, Bell Canada, Cingular Wireless, EarthLink, France Telecom, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo. Together, these organizations account for about 390 million mailboxes. InformationWeek | Spam | The State Of Spam | July 19, 2006

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