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“Spam Hits Lowest Levels Since 2008 (Did You Notice?)”

Posted June 30th, 2011


As reported by NyTimes.com, Dan Rowinski writes: “A new report of security company Symantec says that global spam is at its lowest levels since 2008. The geographic center of spammed accounts has also shifted from Russia to Saudi Arabia. Worldwide spam is now down to one in every 1.37 emails. In the United States, spam accounts for 73.7% of all emails.”

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“Catching Spam Email with Project Honey Pot”

Posted June 26th, 2011


As posted to CircleID.com by Mike Dalley: “Since its launch in October, 2004 Project Honey Pot has made some interesting progress in their war against spam email. The project is a distributed system used to identify spammers and spambots operating across the Internet. To put it simply, Project Honey Pot lays millions of traps around the Internet (66,393,293 as of this writing) baited with specific email addresses that are configured to forward received emails to the Project Honey Pot system. Since these are not email addresses used by real individuals virtually every email received is positively identified as spam.”

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Solving the Spam Problem

Posted May 30th, 2011


As reported by Terry Zink on CircleID: “Last week, I read Ed Falk’s blog post where he commented on a possible solution to the spam problem. He himself was commenting on a study done by researchers out of the University of California where they discovered that credit card transactions for stuff bought in spamvertisements are handled by three companies: one in Azerbaijan, one in Denmark and one in the West Indies. Presumably, if security experts and law enforcement went after these companies, spammers would have their financial supply cut off. No money = no incentive to spam.”

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