The state of spam

Thursday, 20 July 2006, 2:30 AM EST

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.

At InformationWeek.

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