The Federal Trade Commission just completed a spam research study which indicated that spam filters work. I’d say wow, but they go on to state the even more obvious. The FTC says spammers actually harvest email addresses from public websites. We never would have guessed.
The other good news is the FTC did discover that two ISPs tested blocked between 85% and 95% of spam. The other bad news is I don’t think the FTC can actively endorse the ISPs they tested, so I doubt we will ever find out who they are. If someone does know, please clue the rest of us in.
Brian McWilliams sheds more light on the FTC’s “study”. Maybe we don’t want to know who those ISPs are, or maybe we just shouldn’t care.