2003: A Year Filled with Spam

Who said the Internet wasn't useful? According to AOL, the most popular spam subjects for 2003 included "Viagra," "Lowest mortgage rates," "Hot XXX action," and "As seen on Oprah." The company said that during 2003, it blocked nearly 500 billion spam messages, which accounted for about 75 to 80 percent of AOL mail. In 2003, we did see some efforts aimed at ending spam, including antispam legislation that was finally passed in the United States. However, experts don't expect spam to decline much this year. Instead, many believe that email technology will need to change to completely eliminate the online nuisance. We're all for taking any necessary steps to stop the evil of spam.

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