Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Dec 2010 22:27 UTC
Internet & Networking "In October Commtouch reported an 18% drop in global spam levels (comparing September and October). This was largely attributed to the closure of Spamit around the end of September. Spamit is the organization allegedly behind a fair percentage of the worlds pharmacy spam. Analysis of the spam trends to date reveals a further drop in the amounts of spam sent during Q4 2010. December's daily average was around 30% less than September's. The average spam level for the quarter was 83% down from 88% in Q3 2010. The beginning of December saw a low of nearly 74%."
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anti spam entrepeneurs
by fran on Thu 30th Dec 2010 23:53 UTC
fran
Member since:
2010-08-06

There is one other reason why these companies are starting to close down. Fines and lawsuits are ruining them.

For some suing spammers has become a vocation.
One Californian man, sue spammers as a livelihood.
http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/california-man-supports-hims...]

First there was the "Can Spam Lawyers" defending these companies, but now thanks to new laws, "anti-spam lawyers" has increased.
http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/anti-spam-lawyers.htm...

These lawsuits is problematic however and can leave you with the tab.
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20070807/005917.shtml

New laws is tightening the screws also.
A Facebook spammer for example got fined $1 Billion by the US and the ruling was upheld by Canada.
This particular guy sent out more than 4 million spam messages on Facebook.

http://www.techspot.com/news/40553-facebook-spammer-fined-1-billion...

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Not to worry
by fretinator on Fri 31st Dec 2010 02:04 UTC
fretinator
Member since:
2005-07-06

Pan-fried, a light mayo, and some hearty rye - it's not that bad.

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RE: Not to worry
by Phloptical on Fri 31st Dec 2010 04:13 UTC in reply to "Not to worry"
Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

and a little Franks Red Hot on top....yum.

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RE[2]: Not to worry
by fretinator on Fri 31st Dec 2010 04:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Not to worry"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

and a little Franks Red Hot on top....yum.


Ooh, nice idea, thanks!

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RE[2]: Not to worry
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 31st Dec 2010 22:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Not to worry"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

and a little Franks Red Hot on top....yum.

Nah, way too much vinegar and not enough pepper. I'll take El Yucateco Chile de Habanero (green or red) hot sauce any day. Mmmmm... habaneros... [drool]

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RE: Not to worry
by nt_jerkface on Fri 31st Dec 2010 04:21 UTC in reply to "Not to worry"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Grill a thin slice and put it on hamburger with a slice of pineapple. This is the best way I have had it so far.

Breakfast hash is another good way to eat it. It's great for camping since it is compact and doesn't require refrigeration.

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RE[2]: Not to worry
by fretinator on Fri 31st Dec 2010 04:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Not to worry"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

Another good idea, a hamburger topper! It's definitely a must on a camping trip.

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RE[3]: Not to worry
by nt_jerkface on Fri 31st Dec 2010 06:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Not to worry"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

I've heard spam pizza is good but haven't tried it yet. The Hawaiians can't get enough of the stuff.

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RE[4]: Not to worry
by bassbeast on Fri 31st Dec 2010 14:12 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Not to worry"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Funny part is all the love for spam in the Pacific can be traced back to WWII. My great uncle was there and talked about how they would literally get crates of spam and had grown so sick of the stuff they would trade it for ANYTHING an islander had, so soon the islanders had crates of the stuff too.

Since many of their traditional recipes worked just fine with it, it was easy to store and use, and they had so dang much of it, it simply became a part of their diets like pizza or burgers here. Last I heard even McDonald's serves spam in the pacific region. Funny how something from all those years ago could still affect them today huh?

As for TFA I wonder if spam is dying simply because they really don't have much to sell anymore. The big sellers when I was younger were fake software, porn, and the ever popular "make your winkie bigger" pills. Well know we have smiling Bob selling Winkie pills, porn is free, most software you can either get cheap or take a "wink wink" approach to home piracy like MSFT and Adobe, so really what is left?

All I see in any great numbers in my spam folders anymore is the classic Nigerian scam, and luckily the news has plastered that scam all over enough that it seems to be getting harder to find idiots to fall for it. That is why I think we are seeing a rise in things like ransomware, there is simply dwindling profits in the traditional scams. I can tell you at my repair shop the "Security Tool/ Fake AV" infections seem to be climbing fast, and I bet most of that can be traced back to the same guys that used to push winkie pills and porn. With decent spam filters and legal sources there just ain't big bucks in email anymore.

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RE[2]: Not to worry
by BallmerKnowsBest on Sat 1st Jan 2011 17:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Not to worry"
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

Grill a thin slice and put it on hamburger with a slice of pineapple. This is the best way I have had it so far.

Breakfast hash is another good way to eat it. It's great for camping since it is compact and doesn't require refrigeration.


Clearly, sir, you are secretly on the payroll of some vague, unnamed commercial interest dedicated to subversively advocating spiced pork products. Everyone knows that the M2SC (Mystery Meat Standards Consortium) had recommended canned corned beef as the standard for all breakfast hashes in the draft version of their V5 standards... until Hormel objected, that is.

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RE: Not to worry
by Liquidator on Fri 31st Dec 2010 05:24 UTC in reply to "Not to worry"
Liquidator Member since:
2007-03-04

fair percentage of the worlds pharmacy spam


"pharmacy spam"? Now pharmacies selling ham. This is getting ridiculous ;)

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RE[2]: Not to worry
by yoshi314@gmail.com on Fri 31st Dec 2010 05:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Not to worry"
yoshi314@gmail.com Member since:
2009-12-14

just as monty python folks intended

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Increase in spam
by 0brad0 on Fri 31st Dec 2010 21:26 UTC
0brad0
Member since:
2007-05-05

Strangely enough almost everyone I know to has seen a significant increase in spam over this same time period.

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