|11-10-2008, 03:39 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Atlantic Canada
12,500,000:1 (Spam Message to Sucker Ratio)
A new study details how spammers – the bane of our email inboxes – still make pots of money, despite only receiving a response to one in every 12,500,000 emails they spam out.
The study, by a team of seven computer scientists from University of California, Berkeley and UC, San Diego (UCSD) infiltrated the Storm network, which uses hijacked home PCs to relay much of the junk email you spend your days wading through while wondering 'who the hell responds to this stuff?'
Well. Now you know. One gullible idiot in 12,500,000 recipients. Or thereabouts.
This is incredible! There are few things I hate more than spam... not because I receive so much of it (because I do), but because it causes an insane amount of wasted resources. Our mail server alone handles thousands of spam messages each day, and that's just one PC. Some spam companies earn millions of dollars each year, but I guarantee the amount of resources they use to get that money is far, far greater.
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