Spam finds a way

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Spam finds a way

Two years ago, Bill Gates made the brave prediction that spam would soon be “a thing of the past.” But it currently makes up between 60 and 90 percent of the world’s email traffic, and by all accounts is not going away. If anything, this year will see spam reaching new heights.

"There is going to be a real growth in 'pump and dump' spam," says Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for anti-virus company Sophos. At the start of the year, this type of spam only accounted for 0.8 percent of spam, but by November had shot up to 13.5 percent. "It is expected to ...

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