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Email spam isn't much of a problem, yet

It was widely reported last week that the global email network is being overwhelmed by a surge in spam.  Spam levels have moved from 2.5 billion messages per month last June to 7 billion in November.  Spam apparently accounts for 9 out of every 10 email messages sent globally. 

I hate to be a pessimist.  It’s going to get much worse yet before it gets better.

A data point?  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. That’s a couple of calls per day, per American.  That’s what it took to get Congress to act.  

We’re a long way from that level with email spam.  A long way. 

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Nikki December 10, 2006, 6:32 am

    Why does email from your dad get blocked?

  • Alec December 10, 2006, 8:03 am

    Couldn't tell you Nikki. I'm just guessing, but it's probably do to your junk email filter.

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