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Death of a Spam Network

Rustock, the world’s largest spam e-mail network, has been disabled by a coordinated action between Microsoft and the FBI, effectively reducing worldwide spam by up to a whopping 39 percent.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Where Did All the Spam Go?

The people who keep track of these things report that global spam traffic dropped from 200 billion messages in August to just 50 billion in December. Unfortunately it appears that the spammers may have decided to pause their activity before a relaunch. Which is just as well because we’re running low on Canadian Viagra.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Spam ‘Godfather’ Sentenced

Encompassing an estimated 78 percent of e-mail, spam remains the bane of many Internet users. The man who has declared himself spam’s godfather, Alan Ralsky, has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for his role in an e-mail stock scam.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 READ MORE



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Spam Rules the Inbox

The BBC reports on some alarming numbers coming out of Redmond: “More than 97% of all e-mails sent over the net are unwanted, according to a Microsoft security report. The e-mails are dominated by spam adverts for drugs, and general product pitches and often have malicious attachments.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2009 READ MORE


Economic Meltdown Threatens Penis Enlarger Industry

The Onion takes a satirical look at the effect a spam crackdown could have on a struggling nation that depends on “free iPod” exports.

Posted on Feb 24, 2009 READ MORE


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MySpace Spammers Fined $230 Million

A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday ordered two Internet spammers to pay a record-breaking $230 million in fines after they sent more than 700,000 unsolicited advertisements to MySpace users. The amount is almost half what Rupert Murdoch spent to buy the social networking site in 2005.

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Don’t Touch That Mail!

A native Nigerian writer takes stock of the changing face of her country’s most prominent economic export after oil: e-mail scams.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


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AOL?s New ‘Golden’ Business Model

America Online, the beleaguered Internet giant, has announced plans to dig for gold?seriously.  The company recently won a lawsuit against a spammer who then skipped town, so it plans to search his parents? property for gold and platinum bars it believes to be buried there.

Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


Hacker Gets Five Years in Prison

The 20-year-old set out to damage computer networks and send massive amounts of spam.
Any computer user who has ever been the victim of a virus, worm or Trojan horse shall be excused the schadenfreude he or she feels at the news of this lengthy prison sentence.

Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


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