Could hackers launch a denial-of-spam attack?

Tuesday, 15 July 2003, 6:55 AM EST

Spam is choking the internet. The ease with which people can send out mass mailers is appalling. Internet service providers are failing to stop them.

The best advice is to ignore these dimwits. We are told only to accept e-mail from people in our contacts book that has been sent direct to us, rather than as a CC.

I wish someone would do something quickly because network bandwidth is expensive and the last thing you would want to receive over a 3G network is a spam message offering subscriptions to a porn site or another get rich scheme.

But, as Kevin Costner found out in the film Field of Dreams, if you build it, they will come. And the more avenues spammers have access to, and the more bandwidth that is available, the more messages they will send: to your internet e-mail address; your 3G mobile phone; your PDA; and even your set-top box.

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