Spam tsunami

Monday, 2 June 2003, 12:46 PM EST

You think the dozen or two spam e-mails you delete every day are a lot?

That's nothing to Paul Judge, chief technology officer of CipherTrust, an Alpharetta, Ga., company that sells e-mail filtering technology to major U.S. firms. Judge's customers discard billions of unwanted e-mail messages every day.

But it's not enough. Spam is out of control. The flood of other junk e-mail is rising at a rate of 15 percent a month. Around half of all Internet mail sent this year will be unwanted advertisements, according to Brightmail Inc., a California e-mail filtering company.

Cleaning this rubbish out of corporate mailboxes will cost American businesses $10 billion this year in lost productivity and extra computer expense, according to Ferris Research, an e-mail technology research firm in California.

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