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Forbes: Cutting Spam Down To Size

Jun 06, 2003, 11:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Arik Hesseldahl)

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"As much as 45% of all e-mail sent this year will be spam and, by 2007, some forecasts suggest that spam may account for 70% of all e-mail. Given statistical trends like that, simply using e-mail is essentially an unintentional invitation to get spam, like having a telephone is an unintended invitation to get calls from telemarketers. And given that comparison, living a life that includes using e-mail yet is spam-free seems unlikely--unless you are very lucky.

"But when it comes to spam, we've tended to have a serious lack of luck. Monday mornings--spammers always seem more active during the weekends--have for the last several months become the time for a ritualistic purging of the spam from our in-boxes. And so when the information-technology staff let us know that they were testing a new anti-spam tool, and that a few test subjects were needed, there was no shortage of volunteers.

"The tool is SpamAssassin, and it's lately been making the rounds among companies and organizations looking to gain control of their spam intake without spending a huge pile of money--which, given the constrained nature of IT budgets these days, should make the program pretty popular..."

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