The hope: "Two years from now, spam will be solved," Bill Gates proclaimed in 2004.
The reality: Er, not so much. According to Gates' own Microsoft (Fortune 500), spam accounted for an astounding 97% of all email sent in 2008. The anti-spam technology has improved somewhat, but progress is slow: 71% of last month's email was spam, says , Kaspersky Labs.
What's the deal? As spam-blocking technology becomes more advanced, so do the spammers.
"These days, spam is moving into a realm of truly professional development," said Christopher Budd, threats communications manager at Trend Micro (. "Some spammers are even hiring editors to make sure their English is good." )
Budd pointed out that any security system has limits. Spammers are cooking up increasingly more technical ways to infiltrate victims' computers, and spam-blocking technology has to catch up.
So a completely spam-less world will likely never come to pass -- and you should still delete that email from the prince of Nigeria.
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