Despite laws, threats, and physical action taken against spammers, spamming is so cost-effective that it's probably here to stay. If spam really irritates you, consider joining and helping CAUCE (Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email) at http://www.cauce.org, an organization consisting of Internet users who have banded together to lobby for new laws to regulate unsolicited email.
To show you how influential one person can be in the fight against spam, visit Netizens Against Gratuitous Spamming (http://www.nags.org).This website offers tips for identifying and dealing with spam and offers an example of "chaff," which is garbage data designed to fool spammers who retrieve email addresses off websites.
To keep up with the latest news regarding spam, and to learn more about how to defeat spam, visit Death to Spam (http://www.mindworkshop.com/alchemy/nospam.html), SpamNews (http://petemoss.com/spam), an e-newsletter provided to ISP administrators so they can learn different ways to fight spam on their own systems, or Junkbusters (http://www.junkbusters.com). Or try Fight Spam, an international anti-spam group (http://spam.abuse.net/spam).
For the latest news about different spammers, or to warn people about new ones, visit the following newsgroups: alt.current-events.net-abuse, alt.currentevents.net-abuse.spam, alt.spam, alt.privacy, news.admin.net-abuse.misc, news.admin.net-abuse.announce, and news.admin.net-abuse.email.