San Francisco (Aug. 21, 2003) -- As of July, more than half the e-mail sent via the Internet consists of unwanted solicitations, or spam, according to Brightmail, an anti-spam consultant.

Last month, the company identified more than half of the 61 billion e-mail messages it filtered as junk mail, said Enrique Salem, president of Brightmail. "In less than two years, spam messages have increased from 8 percent of all e-mail traffic to more than half -- and we expect this trend to continue," Salem said.

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