Spam overtakes legitimate e-mail

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Spam has officially overtaken legitimate e-mail in the workplace, and there’s little relief in sight .

The month of May marked the first time that commercial e-mail comprised 51 percent of all messages received by workers, according to MessageLabs, a provider of managed e-mail security services. MessageLabs analyzed 133.9 million messages sent to its global network of business customers.

Internet service providers and lawmakers in recent months have considered a range of measures for reducing spam, including the use of new technology, industry self-regulation and legislation. But those efforts may not pay off for two or three years, executives say.
 
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