Monday, November 10, 2008

HOW SPAMMERS CASH IN

BBC - Spammers are turning a profit despite only getting one response for every 12.5m e-mails they send, finds a study. By hijacking a working spam network, US researchers have uncovered some of the economics of being a junk mailer.

The analysis suggests that such a tiny response rate means a big spam operation can turn over millions of pounds in profit every year. It also suggests that spammers may be susceptible to attacks that make it more costly to send junk mail.

The spam study was carried out in early 2008 by computer scientists from University of California, Berkeley and UC, San Diego. . . "The best way to measure spam is to be a spammer," wrote the researchers in a paper describing their work.

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