Big Bounties Only Way To Take Down Spammers
from the come-and-get-'em dept
The idea of "bounties" for anyone who can track down a spammer is not a new idea. Larry Lessig has been suggesting it for a while and the FTC has been considering whether or not to add it to CAN SPAM. While they've said in the past that they doubted it would work, today they reported their findings, which claim the only way to make a spam hunting bounty system work is to pay some serious cash to spam hunters: $100,000 to $250,000. Note that this is more than what the FBI pays for tips on its 10 Most Wanted list. While the report claims such a bounty would have to come from taxpayer funds, perhaps they should talk to some companies. Large ISPs already pay plenty trying to weed out all the spam clogging their network. Perhaps they'd be willing to toss a few hundred thousand dollars into a bounty system, hoping that taking down spammers would relieve some of their network congestion.