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In spite of legislation and the first conviction of a spammer under that law, it appears spammers will keep spamming as long as there's money to be made. According to Symantec's September Internet Security Threat Report, one of the most comprehensive analyses of trends in cyber security activity, spam made up more than 60% of all e-mail traffic during the first half of 2004. And Jupiter Research estimates that the average consumer will get 2,000 spam hits a day in 2005, up from 40 in 1999. Spam is no longer simply a time-consuming irritant. Today's spam is blended with malicious threats such as viruses, worms, spyware, and phishing scams. Now accidentally clicking on a spam message can open a Pandora's box of trouble, from activating a Trojan horse to turning your PC into a spam-sending machine. For business, the economic impact of spam and spyware is all too clear. ... (more)