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    Spam Crackdown
    Anybody seeing less spam today? Supposedly one of the biggest spam hosts (in california!) got shut down today.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/sec...l?nav=rss_blog

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...111200658.html

    map of spammers
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/sec...11/mcmap1.html

    all the spammers are probably scrambling to find a new host

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    I'm seeing a 69% drop in spam. Yeay!
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    Really? I haven't seen any change in the number of spam emails I receive per day. You must have been directly on their list when they got shut down, Dynamoo.

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    mine dropped off overnight. In fact, when I went to my emails this morning I wondered if that was all of them . . .

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    According to Drudge "HORMEL FOODS struggling to keep up with SPAM demand... Developing..."

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    I've definitely seen a significant drop.
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    I've seen a drop, too. Mostly porn spam, thankfully.

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    We'll better enjoy and be glad of this lull in spamming operations. Somehow, these major operators of spams knows how to regrow their cut-off head in just a short time.

    BTW, what happened to the Spam King who was recently nabbed? I remember he was in the news recently but could not recall what it was about...

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    Maaaan - why didn't my spam go down too? lol

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    I haven't noticed a difference but then again I have different email accounts for different functions. Those used strictly for business almost never sees any spam filter through, those for friends and family just a tad bit more spam and finally those where I sign up for mailing lists and retail newsletters and such are always filled to the brim but I look at them rarely.
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    Have looked across the 80 or so email servers in the datacenter here. My guys keep up on the day to day of it but even I was floored by the aggratate numbers.


    Overall drop of 48% in rejected Spam
    Overall drop of 23% in bandwidth utilized
    Overall drop of 17% in CPU utilization
    Overall drop of 62% in hard disk activity

    As in all things.. this too shall pass. But it went so far as to decrease the amount of electricity we're using on those racks as well. All in all, a pretty significant thing.

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    I'm wondering what they mean when they say that it controlled that much spam.

    I knew a few mailers back in the day, and normally the way it worked was
    A United States Control Server connecting to offshored (China/Korea/Japan/Eastern Europe) servers that sent out the commands to proxies. The other part of the hosting was bulletproof or fast flux hosting where the actual webpages were located

    Anyone know which part of the chain this was? I'm guessing web hosting since control servers are insanely hard to find. (this is relevant in that it can kinda tell how long before the spam increases again)
    Last edited by SlightlyShadySEO; November 15th, 2008 at 02:24 PM.

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    SPAM Spam spam
    My SPAM is down 80%
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    My SPAM is definitely reduced ... by about 90% this morning. YAY!
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    Just ran into an article that explains how spammers make money. I cannot post links, so just google on "study shows how spammer cash in (BBC)" and you'll get the article.

    Briefly, some US researchers hijacked a working spam network and learned from it what the economics of being a spammer was. They did this by conducting their own fake spam campaign on part of the hijacked network. We've all wondered how the spammers stay in business since since only someone without a brain would respond. The straight dope is:

    "The response rate for this campaign was less than 0.00001%. This is far below the average of 2.15% reported by legitimate direct mail organisations.

    "Taken together, these conversions would have resulted in revenues of $2,731.88a bit over $100 a day for the measurement period," said the researchers. Scaling this up to the full Storm network the researchers estimate that the controllers of the vast system are netting about $7,000 (4,430) a day or more than $2m (1.28m) per year. While this was a good return, said the researchers, it did suggest that spammers were not making the vast sums of money that some people have predicted in the past.

    They suggest that the tight costs might also open up new avenues of attack on spammers. The researchers concluded: "The profit margin for spam may be meager enough that spammers must be sensitive to the details of how their campaigns are run and are economically susceptible to new defenses
    So, in a nutshell, there ARE people without a brain using email. There just happens to be just enough of them to keep the spammers in business. If it can be made just a little bit more expensive to spam, then the economic incentives to do so will disappear.

    So we may just be seeing the opening shots in the latest war on the spammers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerriFalcone
    I haven't noticed a difference but then again I have different email accounts for different functions. Those used strictly for business almost never sees any spam filter through, those for friends and family just a tad bit more spam and finally those where I sign up for mailing lists and retail newsletters and such are always filled to the brim but I look at them rarely.
    Same here, I really only ever see spam in my personal gmail. But it's been about the same.

    For those of you citing numbers, do you have analytics that tell you this or just an estimate? I'm curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrishaLyn

    For those of you citing numbers, do you have analytics that tell you this or just an estimate? I'm curious.
    I woke up to about 1000 less pieces of SPAM in my junk mail folder - usually I have about 11 or 12 hundred pieces in there when I check first thing in the morning and yesterday and today there was only a few hundred - so mine's a guesstimate.
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    With so much spam coming from US servers, I've long said this is mostly an enforcement issue. Glad to see these ISPs stepping in where the feds have let us down.
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    I have no idea how much spam is down i blackhole most of it so it hits my server for just a second :-) but this sounds like great news score one for the good guys today

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