Congress slams spam
"Spam" now accounts for 46 percent of all e-mails sent, said Enrique Salem, president of Brightmail, a San Francisco company that helps Internet providers block spam before it reaches users' inboxes. He told lawmakers that half of e-mail will be spam by December, up from 7 percent in 2001.
Spam costs U.S. businesses $10 billion each year in lost productivity, Salem told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
"E-mail messaging has fundamentally changed the way we communicate," said committee Chairman John McCain, R-Arizona. "The growing affliction of spam, however, may threaten all of this."
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