Spam in The New Yorker?

The school year is just weeks away, and with it will come a larger-than-usual boatload of email spam. The New Yorker magazine explains the problem of spam, and how we continue to lose the battle:

In 2001, spam accounted for about five per cent of the traffic on the Internet; by 2004, that figure had risen to more than seventy per cent. This year, in some regions, it has edged above ninety per cent — more than a hundred billion unsolicited messages clogging the arterial passages of the world’s computer networks every day. The flow of spam is often seasonal. It slows in the spring, and then, in the month that technology specialists call “black September” — when hundreds of thousands of students return to college, many armed with new computers and access to fast Internet connections — the levels rise sharply.

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