The Pew Internet and American Life Project study says that although we all hate spam, we have largely gotten used to it.
People have become more absurdly cynical, we think the survey is suggesting. Just over half of US people now say they trust e-mail less because of spam. Last year more than 62 per cent believed they really were getting a legitimate email from an unknown friend who would like to offer them a business deal.
Porno-spam is on the decline, the survey says. But it's been replaced by fraudulent "phishing" scams aimed at stealing bank passwords and other sensitive information.
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