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Re: Suckers for Spam: When Will They Ever Learn?
Posted by: Jack M. Germain 2008-12-03 14:24:06
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The old adage about a sucker being born every minute is no less true among respondents to spam. Dishonest people have always been trying to make a fast buck by duping others into confidence scams, and the Web has give those people an easy way to communicate with more potential marks. However, modern-day scam artists may be capable of making a faster buck from a lot fewer suckers. A recent study on spamming operations showed that spammers only need a response from one sucker out of every 12.5 million e-mails sent, usually by way of botnets and malware-infected computers.


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Posted by: devonbland 2008-12-03 14:28:27 In reply to: Jack M. Germain
If those were the sales ratios for any other kind of business no one would even dare do that kind of business. Those numbers are horrible. I would love to meet Mr. 1 out of 12.5 million. I'd be curious to know the kind of person that buys from spam! All you can do these days really is make sure you have a decent spam filter like SpamBully or spam bayes.
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What was your initial reaction to news of the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack?
It demonstrates that all critical infrastructure sectors are at high risk of disruption by cybercriminals.
Everyone will be paying for this attack in the form of higher energy costs.
Governments need to work more closely with private industries to protect networks for the sake of public safety.
It's a global problem. An international alliance must be formed to hold the perpetrators accountable and prevent future attacks.