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Less Evil, Still Annoying: 92% of Emails are Spam

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August 14, 2010 4:34:31 AM

usually get half-baked World of warcraft phishing scams.

Come on... I know that blizzard didn't purchase wow-blizzardbattle-passwordchange.net
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August 14, 2010 4:41:43 AM

For those of you business owners out there, you can thank the spammers for the costs of implementing and maintaining a secure email system. Helps keep your IT providers in business at least :-/
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August 14, 2010 4:45:44 AM

92%, that definitely and A- for effort! Way to go spammers. You will make the Harvard Dean's list in no time@
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August 14, 2010 6:03:26 AM

"Congratulations, you have won a free MacBook Pro from Facebook!
Sent by: noreply@milliyet.com.tr"

Yeah, sure.
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August 14, 2010 6:05:16 AM

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The good news is spam is a little bit less malicious than it used to be.

Tell that too all the facebook and battle.net fakes I've gotten in the past 2 months
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August 14, 2010 6:07:08 AM

i guess that's one way to create job in this economy , right ?
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August 14, 2010 7:42:04 AM

Still thinking about investing with that Bank of Nigeria. I'm kidding.
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August 14, 2010 8:08:28 AM

JOSHSKORNStill thinking about investing with that Bank of Nigeria.


I can hook you up with a friend of mine who got in touch a while back. He has several squillion dollars tied up in holding because his family was wiped out in one fell swoop. He just needs €5,000 to free up his funds and then he's going to split it with me. Wanna go halfsies? Surely it's much more reliable than investing.

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August 14, 2010 8:16:00 AM

from how many emails I get about erectile disfunction, the entire country must be undergoing an epidemic, or overflow of placebos.
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August 14, 2010 9:52:25 AM

If I had said yes to all of the spam emails I have gotten, I would be $20mil richer, own about 3 countries, 50 iPods, and have a penis stemming from here to Massachusetts!
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August 14, 2010 11:00:28 AM

Perhaps spam could be reduced if countries agreed that a spammer whom is caught is to be publicly hanged, drawn and quartered. Then the parts are to be gibbeted.
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August 14, 2010 11:03:08 AM

My daily average is 8. I have 6 and counting for today, though. Should be an interesting day. Love gmail for keeping me from ever seeing any of these unless I want to.
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August 14, 2010 12:17:12 PM

Is it really so hard to legislate against it?
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August 14, 2010 12:21:27 PM

The food company SPAM must really enjoy all these free publicity news.
If only 92% of consumers eat SPAM!
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August 14, 2010 1:39:46 PM

With all these numbers floating around, does anyone realize how much bandwidth is being used every second to send this sh!t? How much power is being used to virus scan each message? I could probably put money on it that the next time you visit Tom's Hardware and it takes more than 10 seconds to load, SPAM caused the delay.
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August 14, 2010 2:21:14 PM

A friend of mine gets around 250 spam messages a day, only because she hands her email out to anyone who asks ie stores, forums, the like. I on the other hand get 2 every month out of 300+ emails. Its just common sense don't hand it out and you'll be fine.
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August 14, 2010 2:21:45 PM

kill the spam!!
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August 14, 2010 4:02:06 PM

I don't usually get any in my main email accounts. Maybe one spam email per month max. My Gmail junk account on the other hand goes through spike periods of 10-20 spam emails a week and then nothing (or next to nothing) for a few weeks.
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August 14, 2010 4:15:23 PM

hoof_heartedTax email


As bad as this sounds, this should, in theory, actually solve the problem. Obviously though, this is not likely to happen and I certainly wouldn't want to pay taxes on email.

Another problem with this approach--or any legislative or legal approach--is that with approximately 238 geopolitical entities in the world the chances of all of them agreeing on this is zero. Spammers will just camp in the country or countries that don't care or don't enforce it.
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August 14, 2010 4:47:51 PM

I guess on the whole I'd prefer more spam that was less dangerous, since (almost) all the spam gets filtered out in Gmail anyway :) 
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August 14, 2010 6:00:42 PM

Is it really getting less malicious? Or is the General Spam getting to be so high, that the "malicious" percentage has gone down? Because the percentage decrease may not actually correspond with the actual number of malicious emails.

I constantly get WoW, Facebook, Bank of America (and other banks), UK Lottery, my long lost dead uncle who owned an oil business and died in a plane accident phishing emails on an hourly basis on my 'junk email'. And I'm not talking my junk folder, I'm talking the email address I use to register for online forums.
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August 14, 2010 6:27:19 PM

So what's the good spam? Are they the ones that let you get hooked up?
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August 14, 2010 7:45:48 PM

...and it will continue, as long as it is treated like a game. A spammer who is convicted should be put down; guilt may be appealed, but not the sentence. GAME OVER.
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August 14, 2010 7:59:06 PM

I love the "you win a $ billion dollars!! CHACHIGN!!" emails :D 
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August 14, 2010 9:01:34 PM

_cubase_If I had said yes to all of the spam emails I have gotten, I would be $20mil richer, own about 3 countries, 50 iPods, and have a penis stemming from here to Massachusetts!


I ROFLed !!!
:D 
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August 14, 2010 9:16:44 PM

While my mom was in the hospital last month, I decided to keep her inbox tidy. If there was an email I didn't know was spam, or knew explicitly wasn't, but was still not sure if she wanted, I called her. Everything else was either filed away in her folders or sent off to the recycle bin. Still, imagine my amazement when I discovered 90% of her spam consisted of advertisements for Viagra.
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August 14, 2010 9:29:36 PM

Well 92% is a pretty close match to the percentage of junk mail I receive through traditional postal services. About 7% is bills and other dull stuff. The last 1% is the stuff I actually care about.

If it wasn't so easy to spread malicious crap electronically I would just shrug because the virtual world had mirrored the real world. At least via my traditional mailbox the only toxic items I have received recently are from the local political candidates...
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August 14, 2010 9:58:01 PM

How much spam? About none. Seriously, I follow all the rules... I have a Windows Live mail account for places that I do not trust, which gets all my spam. Those that I know are good, such as bank, nice forums, I use my real info. I also keep my email adress hidden, or something like "Real!lyfor!male!mail@Gma!il.com, remove the things that don't belong"
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August 15, 2010 2:05:34 AM

not much, I never go in for advertising lure.
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August 15, 2010 3:32:26 AM

I've had several family members die in plane crashes (different years, same location), all of whom were rich. I don't know why the Bank of Congo thinks they have the right to give me some of my dead family members' money but keep the rest, but they said they want to split it.

I also don't know how Mr. Kabir Hakam of the bank in Burkina Faso got a request from me to release $16M US from a random deceased customer into my account.
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August 15, 2010 4:57:36 AM

jtt283...and it will continue, as long as it is treated like a game. A spammer who is convicted should be put down; guilt may be appealed, but not the sentence. GAME OVER.

They wouldn't be doing it I'm sure if there weren't stupid people who exist who actually fall for spam emails...
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August 15, 2010 7:46:00 AM

I was once sent an email by the FBI that I had won 1 milion dollars, they never came =(
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August 15, 2010 8:57:01 AM

many people have old accounts that are just sitting and collecting spam.

my primary email gets none.
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August 15, 2010 1:28:32 PM

Mark HeathI guess on the whole I'd prefer more spam that was less dangerous, since (almost) all the spam gets filtered out in Gmail anyway


tax email, tariff the borders (boundaries)
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August 15, 2010 1:30:44 PM

oops, quoted the wrong post ... should have been

bourgeoisdudeAs bad as this sounds, this should, in theory, actually solve the problem. Obviously though, this is not likely to happen and I certainly wouldn't want to pay taxes on email.Another problem with this approach--or any legislative or legal approach--is that with approximately 238 geopolitical entities in the world the chances of all of them agreeing on this is zero. Spammers will just camp in the country or countries that don't care or don't enforce it.oops, quoted the wrong post ... should have been


for my post above
hoofheartedtax email, tariff the borders (boundaries)

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August 15, 2010 4:34:59 PM

i wish ISP would just ban the IP's the spam is comming from, disconnecting that server from the web and acceptable IP log. would save them over 30%-50% of their costs in electric bills and hardware infastructure and probably restore enough unused bandwidth to the internet even file sharers can't bog down?!
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August 15, 2010 6:28:25 PM

Wouldnt know since the only time I check my e-mail is when im expecting a important e-mail which isn't often. Dont use facebook dont use myspace or twitter. Toms and a few gaming web sites are the only accounts I have on the web. If you only visit a couple of trusted websites and dont give out your e-mail willy nilly you won't have a huge spam problem. The internet is like a bad neighborhood, get in, get what you need, get out.
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August 15, 2010 10:51:28 PM

It's hard to tell how much I get since I have a tight filter on my email checker. If they aren't on my whitelist, I arbitrarily delete them. If it's important, they contact me through other means.
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August 16, 2010 12:11:25 AM

We run a Barracuda Spam Firewall at work. Last time I checked the stats, it had handled about 29 million messages. 27.5 million were classified as spam!
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August 16, 2010 12:30:58 AM

I work for Phizer and I am annoyed that all of the e-mails sent to me end up in my junk mail folder.
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August 16, 2010 1:25:37 AM

Phhh... way too much... now the big trend is scam surrounding social sites...

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August 16, 2010 3:06:24 AM

hoof_heartedTax email

If this will cut down on the number of worthless emails I get from coworkers 50 feet away from me that are too lazy to walk, I'll vote for it.
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August 16, 2010 7:58:55 AM

I would say I get about 60% spam not including what is auto marked as junk.
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August 16, 2010 12:36:47 PM

JMcEntegartI can hook you up with a friend of mine who got in touch a while back. He has several squillion dollars tied up in holding because his family was wiped out in one fell swoop. He just needs €5,000 to free up his funds and then he's going to split it with me. Wanna go halfsies? Surely it's much more reliable than investing.

I actually know a guy who fell for that one.. what an idiot. He asked me for advice if he should do it or not. After I told him that it was a scam, he told me that he had alredy sent him a copy of his ss card, passport, drivers license and a check for $1,000. I told him he was screwed. not only the $1,000 he sent, but a lot more since they have all of his private info..
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August 16, 2010 2:42:44 PM

is it just me, or was there a surge of spam over the weekend? Both my hotmail and my main account got hit with a lot of spam yesterday and this morning. I signed in Saturday night to 5 spam messages on both accounts and emptied the spam folders. I signed in last night, about 24 hours later, and had 27 in my hotmail and 19 in my main account. Then I got up this morning with 15 more in hotmail and 12 more in my main account, then got to work and there was already 19 more in my main account and 5 more in my hotmail account! Total spam overload. 87 spam messages in 24 hours? They're nuts.
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August 16, 2010 2:48:36 PM

f-14i wish ISP would just ban the IP's the spam is comming from, disconnecting that server from the web and acceptable IP log. would save them over 30%-50% of their costs in electric bills and hardware infastructure and probably restore enough unused bandwidth to the internet even file sharers can't bog down?!


can't. free press. if we censor this, then other things will get censored, and we'd lose the freedom of speech and press. The government will take advantage of any slack given to them. So, we have to deal with stuff like this, street gangs, and racist nutcases so that the regular people will have the freedom to do our own things.

Go after street gangs for who they hang around with and we'd all lose freedom of assembly. Go after racist nutcases for their speeches, and we'd all lose freedom of speech. Go after spammers and we'd all lose freedom of press.

I wish there was a way around these things, but there isn't. Trusting the government to not abuse power is just not an option. our governments changes too much and too often to trust that.
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August 16, 2010 4:05:17 PM

Marco925usually get half-baked World of warcraft phishing scams. Come on... I know that blizzard didn't purchase wow-blizzardbattle-passwordchange.net


This times 9000. At least one a day if not every other day. Well, just like any other "bad business" like gold selling in MMO's; if there's a customer, there's a business. So some dumb-ass is falling for these scams.
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August 16, 2010 6:18:55 PM

"can't. free press. if we censor this, then other things will get censored, and we'd lose the freedom of speech and press."

Actually, unsolicited commercial email *is* illegal (see, e.g., the CAN-SPAM act), and ISPs *will* shut down accounts that are sending it. Several high-profile spammers have been brought up on criminal charges.

The problem is that most of it is sent by computers that have been compromised with trojans or viruses. By the time an ISP notices that one of its accounts is acting funny, it's already sent out a couple million spam emails. They can shut it down, but the spammers will just buy more systems from a botnet and keep going. Not to mention that some ISPs in other countries probably just don't care. You can't just start not accepting any emails from, say, every ISP in Eastern Europe.
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