No Spam Decrease, Despite The Big Spam Bust

from the keeps-going-and-going-and-going-and-going dept

Last week, in talking about the "big" spam bust, we focused on the key question: if this busted group was such a big player in the spamworld, would it actually decrease the amount of spam we are seeing? The answer, apparently, is no. Slashdot points us to the news that spam levels remained about the same, even as officials claimed that the spam ring they busted may have represented 30% of the world's spam. There seem to be a few different theories as to why: such as the idea that the botnet these spammers controlled was set to keep on spamming automatically (which could mean a later decrease in spam), as well as the idea that other spammers quickly took control over the botnet (or were given control over it), and the suggestion that other spammers simply cranked up their own spamming operations to fill the void. So, yes, it's great that some big spammers have been arrested, but at what point is an effort made to actually stop the amount of spam that's flowing?
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    Mike (profile), 20 Oct 2008 @ 10:47pm

    Re: Re: What does this mean?

    Your Contact Us Form isn't working

    Can you provide more details? I just tested it and it worked for me, but it could be a variety of issues. Any details you can provide would be helpful in figuring out what caused the problem. In the meantime, I'll alert the tech team to do some testing.

    In the 1st sentence, who is "THIS" referring to? When I read the story all the way through, we're missing a reference point.

    THIS referred to the folks involved in the spam ring. I've updated it to try to clarify. Sorry for any confusion.

    Have you thought about adding "write the author" button or something similar that would enable someone like myself to bounce an email back to the originating author?

    Interesting idea, though I already get a ton of email... :) But it's worth thinking about some other options. Thanks for the suggestion.

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