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Date Posted: 10:06:01 01/03/04 Sat
Author: Repost
Subject: Spam

In article <48SdnRVPEMsUaGuiRVn-sA@bright.net>, usenetharvested@2mbit.com
says...
> Fruns Dimerik wrote:
> > Is the Spam Can Act having its effect? I do notice a difference since
> > Jan 1: my Yahoo mailbox has dried up, only Nigerian scammers are
> > getting through, although less so than before. Another US based
> > mailbox doesn't get spam either. But I do get spam on an
> > international mail account, based outside the US.
> >
>
> The live stats at www.postini.com have *increased* 2% since Jan 1.
>
> This is a much more accurate measure, as Postini is a mix of a vast mix of
> different types of email accounts, from ISPs to corporate LANs to schools,
> etc.

Here's a different viewpoint: my mailserver uses numerous block lists,
but does no content filtering. As a result, the ones that get through are
nearly always coming from previously-unlisted ip's (presumably trojan-
infected proxies).

Since Jan 1 the total spamload hasn't especially dropped, but the mix has
changed substantially - at this point nearly the only ones getting
through are pillspams (mostly viagra-and-such with some general pharmacy
as well). I haven't seen a mortgage/debt spam and even the Paris Hilton
stuff has dropped out.

Two possible theories (with no evidence for either):

1. Do Pill spams offer a higher pay, so are worth the increased risk and
trouble, and thus attract more spammers?

2. Pill spammers had already moved offshore (read: China) in larger
numbers than the others, so have suffered less interruption by suddenly-
nervous domestic ISP's?

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