It was widely reported last week that the global email network is being overwhelmed by a surge in spam.Â Spam levels have moved from 2.5 billion messages per month last June to 7 billion in November.Â Spam apparently accounts for 9 out of every 10 email messages sent globally.Â
I hate to be a pessimist.Â It’s going to get much worse yet before it gets better.
A data point?Â Prior to the passage of Do Not Call legislation in the United States, Gryphon Networks reported that telemarketing had reached an all-time high level of 19.2 billion calls per month.Â That’s a couple of calls per day, per American.Â That’s what it took to get Congress to act. Â
We’re a long way from that level with email spam.Â A long way.Â