Spammers giving up? Google thinks so

Thursday, 29 November 2007, 10:23 AM EST

Bill Gates was wildly optimistic when he said in 2004 that the problem of spam would be "solved" by 2006. The volume of junk e-mail transmitted worldwide is still enormous. But a remarkable trend is underfoot, according to Brad Taylor, a staff software engineer at Google: The number of spam attempts -- that is, the number of junk messages sent out by spammers -- is flat, and may even be declining for the first time in years.

Other experts disagree with Google, pointing out that overall spam attempts continue to rise.

At Wired.

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