The Inquirer points us to an article at Security Pro News suggesting an update on the 80/20 Pareto rule for spam. It appears that the top 10 spammers may account for nearly 80% of the spam you see. Of course, the Inquirer then suggests that we could solve the spam problem by taking down those 10 people -- though that leaves out the fact that others would quickly fill in behind them. In the past, we've seen other top spammers taken out, either through legal means or less than legal means and it hasn't done anything to stop the onslaught of spam. While it makes sense to try to make things more difficult for the top spammers in hopes of keeping others away from the business, it should be pretty clear that spamming is quite lucrative for some people, and it's not just going to go away any time soon, no matter what you do to those at the top of the current spam pyramid.
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