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.