The world of e-mail is praising an ingenious new invention created by the trainee scientists at a computer lab in Bristol designed to stop spammers sending spam e-mails, called the 'Spamchaser Spycam'.
The program can be downloaded from many anti-spam websites, but the basic principle is that whenever somebody finds a spam e-mail in their inbox, the Spamchaser will discover the ISP of the spammer, and download itself onto said spammer's computer.
Whenever the spammer attempts to send further spam e-mails to that person, it appears to send itself, but actually is blocked along the way as the Spamchaser does its job.
For added annoying affect, once the spammer has sent spam to the adress a couple more times, an error message will be shown on his computer on one spam-send, informing him that his spam e-mails have been blocked.
The frustrated spammer will proceed to spam another person. Hopefully, this person will proceed to download the Spycam, and then the person will discover his spamming isn't getting through to the person, so he will try another person...and so on and so on, ad infinitum.
Eventually, he will have no e-mail addresses left to spam, and will (hopefully) give up spamming.
"We hope to develop a program which will stop websites from displaying pop-up adverts soon," said one proud trainee scientist.