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More unintended consequences of technology. Not only unintended but very much unwanted. The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the environmental impact of Internet spam.

There are plenty of reasons to hate spammers. Add this to the list: They’re environmentally unfriendly.

A report being released Wednesday by security company McAfee Inc. finds that spammers are a scourge to your inbox and the environment, generating an astounding 62 trillion junk e-mails in 2008 that wasted enough electricity to power 2.4 million U.S. homes for a year.

The “Carbon Footprint of E-mail Spam Report” estimated the computational power needed to process spam — from criminals tapping their armies of infected PCs to send it, Internet providers transmitting it, and end users viewing and deleting it.

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