spam spam Spam costs the world economy $100 billion a year. (Photo: Feng Yu / Shutterstock)

The end of spam (don't worry, not the Broadway musical kind)

Researchers just discovered a new algorithm that could end those pesky inbox-fillers.

We've all got our differences, but there's one thing we can agree on: nobody likes spam.

These treacherous zombie messages fill up our inboxes, making it hard to find the stuff we actually want to read. According to experts, as many as half a billion computers around the world fall prey to it. Long has humanity searched for a way around this stuff, and researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Israel may just have come upon a solution.

“In this project, we implemented a number of unique advanced algorithms based on machine-learning in order to reach the important outcomes that we achieved," said Ariel Bar, one of the lead researchers on the team.

The team, which was led by Ben-Gurion University professors Bracha Shapira and Lior Rokach, analyzed data in collaboration with German communications firm Deutsche Telekom. They developed advanced algorithms to identify spam.

"This is the first time such a comprehensive study has been carried out and returned with unique findings," said Dudu Mimran, chief technology officer of Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs at Israel's Ben-Gurion University. "In addition, we were able to identify whether the attack emanated from a real person or from a robot and predict future attacks."

Perhaps soon, we'll only see the kind of spam we want to see:

spamalotOf course, getting tickets is another thing altogether. (Photo: Bikeworldtravel/Shutterstock)


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