Spammers defy Bill Gates’s death of spam prophecy

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Five years after Bill Gates made a prediction that spam would be eradicated, it remains a major problem – with no end in sight.

On 24 January 2004 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Bill Gates declared that spam would be ‘a thing of the past’ within two years. However, with the prophecy’s five year anniversary approaching, spam continues to cause a headache for companies and home users.

Furthermore, more spam is malicious and often designed to infect users’ computers via sophisticated malware attachments or a link to malicious or infected websites, in order to steal sensitive information.

Virtually all spam, of course, is sent from innocent computers that have been compromised by hackers. SophosLabs has been examining its spamtraps around the world to get a picture of where in the world these botnet computers, sending the unwanted adverts and malware, are based…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.