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Spam accounts for 87.7% of all e-mail in 2009


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#1 Andrew

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 02:00 PM

According to a report by MessageLabs(PDF), 87.7% of all e-mails sent in 2009 were spam. This is despite several high-profile takedowns of prolific spam-spewing ISP's in late 2008 and in August of this year.

The report blames this on personal computers which have been compromised by malicious software, thus becoming a part of a "botnet" used to send spam.

These "zombified" computers account for 83.4% of all 107 billion spam messages sent each day. The cutwail botnet alone sent 8.5 trillion messages between April and November.

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 05:26 AM

107 Billion a day.. sheesh.

What's the point of spam anyway, what is it to the people that do it?

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 05:49 AM

107 Billion a day.. sheesh.

What's the point of spam anyway, what is it to the people that do it?

They make money passing the harvested Email addresses on to all types of companies and individuals; maybe just to advertise, equally to cause a Malicious intrusion to your Computer to collect identity information which can also be sold, or used maliciously.
Amazing amount of Bandwidth, there must be some large sums of money involved . Couple spam with porn and you have virtually the entire Internet, amazingly disgusting situation.
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Posted 10 December 2009 - 07:35 PM

107 Billion a day.. sheesh.

What's the point of spam anyway, what is it to the people that do it?

They make money passing the harvested Email addresses on to all types of companies and individuals; maybe just to advertise, equally to cause a Malicious intrusion to your Computer to collect identity information which can also be sold, or used maliciously.
Amazing amount of Bandwidth, there must be some large sums of money involved . Couple spam with porn and you have virtually the entire Internet, amazingly disgusting situation.



Makes sense, but still bad and so are the people that do it... sad times....

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 08:11 AM

Makes sense, but still bad and so are the people that do it... sad times....

I'm not sure it "makes sense'. The bandwidth/content could be used in a much more beneficial way . :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 07:28 PM

Makes sense, but still bad and so are the people that do it... sad times....

I'm not sure it "makes sense'. The bandwidth/content could be used in a much more beneficial way . :thumbsup:



I was meaning it made sense that people (with no lives) would do it, if money was involved.

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 11:41 AM

I guess, that everyone should be equipped with Malwarebytes' ... :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 06:50 PM

I never get any spam.I must be doing something right (or wrong)




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