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AOL Says It Sees Sharp Decline in 'Spam' E-Mail

by Donna Buenaventura / March 19, 2004 1:21 PM PST

Internet service provider (ISP) America Online (AOL) reports a 27% decrease in the amount of spam e-mails entering its networks in the month since February 20, 2004. Spammers attempted to send 2.6 billion messages to AOL users on February 20; as of March 17, that number had dropped to 1.9 billion. During the same period, spam complaints dropped from 12.7 million to 6.8 million. AOL spokesman Nicholas Graham attributes the decrease to improved filtering and fear of litigation; AOL was among several companies that announced plans to sue spammers under a new anti-spam law. US Internet users report decreasing e-mail usage and increasing irritation with spam in a Pew Internet and American Life Project survey. Spam now accounts for 62% of all e-mail according to Brightmail.

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