FUDBusters: Will Spammer's Jail Sentence Stop Spam?

Spam artist Jeremy Jaynes got jail time for pumping out more than 10 million junk e-mails a day. But the new laws--and even convictions--won't stop the spam.

April 22, 2005

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FUDBust: This high-profile conviction may give pause to other spammers, but in the end, it will do little to slow down the shifty miscreants. Even though Jaynes, who blasted out more than 10 million junk e-mails a day, was prolific, he was only No. 8 in the world rankings. The top seven--and countless others--still run amok, and they'll figure out how to skirt the law. Filtering tools--at the ISP, enterprise and desktop levels--are still the best long-term antispam solution. Meantime, according to a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, most users find spam less annoying than they did a year ago--a sign filters are working or that end users are just getting used to the junk.

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