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Levels of spam have fallen by almost 50% since August 2010, suggest figures.
Figures compiled by security firm Symantec show that the amount of junk e-mail messages flowing around the net has dropped 47% in three months.
Kaspersky Labs noted a similar fall from July to September, when spam levels fell to 81.1% of all e-mails
The decline was put down to the arrests of those behind spam-sending botnets, and intelligence work that saw other spamming systems shut down.
spam-sending botnets could be much better controlled.
Besides, why don't authorities go after the businesses promoted in the spams instead of just the spammers themselves?
We also have some pretty nifty procedures in place to minimize it
In Europe, about 5-10% of PCs on broadband net links were hijacked and part of a botnet in 2009, it suggests.
ISPs are key to wresting control of these machines away from criminals, says the Dutch report.
Initiatives in Germany and Australia show how official help can boost efforts to clean up infected machines.
the man who thought that Windows would be secure years ago