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Five billion spams in just one day


SpamAccording to communications security company IronPort, a major spam outbreak hit the Internet recently, totaling a whopping five billion mails. This makes it one of the 10 largest this year, or 8% of all spam in the past day.

In a technique called stock pump-and-dump spam, the spammer blasted messages that persuaded people to buy a low-valued German stock. Once the price increased, the spammer quickly sold his shares for a nice profit.

Excerpt from Network World:

The German stock spam messages was cleverly designed, officials at IronPort say, using a professional PDF attached to the e-mail message that looks like an investment newsletter.

Though the use of images as attachments have been a rising trend in recent months, the use of PDFs to fool recipients is a first, according to IronPort.

It is interesting to note that in this instance, the trading volume of the stock actually increased by 20%.

The questions that immediately come to mind are, "Why do enough people still respond to spam to make it worth it spamming? Is it sheer gullibility of human nature or just plain ignorance?" Join the discussion.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

6 comments
BALTHOR
BALTHOR

In Yahoo e-mail OPTIONS there is a Spam section.You can copy/paste the Spam e-mail addresses to the box there and block them.There is also a SAVE CHANGES button.Is Spam some guy in his bedroom or are entire countries attacking our Internet?

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

ummm...Americans send SPAM as well, alot of it in fact, its not just Russian and Chinese kingpins. As for "our" internet, thats a tricky thought, really, the internet belongs to the companies that run the backbones. They, ultimately, have control. The net is a logical phenome, and its difficult to apply a national division. As for attacking, SPAm could be used as a DOS at one point, and against some odd IPS, but in this day and age, most ISPs have implemented rate control to prevent back stream DoS from mail floods. Mostly SPAM is about making money off the "unwashed masses". So I would say Spam is some guy in his bedroom, rolling arround in his boxers, making money doing pretty much nothing more then clickinf a few batch files.

paulmah
paulmah

The question that immediately comes to mind is why do enough people still respond to spam to make it worth it spamming? It is sheer human fallacy or the lack of proper instruction?

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

BUT! Spamming is a numbers game...... If only 1 in 10000 of those recipients replied, the spammer would still have 50,000 suckers on the line. if he can scam 20 dollars from each sucker, he's a millionaire.

Larry the Security Guy
Larry the Security Guy

Humans are, by nature, greedy. Even the most humble of people have thought at least once of keeping more than their fair share. Of course, those people are likely not drooling over some pump-and-dump and might not even have Internet access. Avoiding these scams is fairly easy for me because, while the scammers might try a new trick like PDFs or professional-looking (or stolen) designs, they still employ many quite obvious spammy techniques that make filtering very easy. I'd enumerate them here, but I think spammers should have to figure them out on their own, and the more experienced readers already know them. Note to all those who can spot spam a mile away - help your family and friends so they don't become victims.

TG2
TG2

Nice concept .. help family and friends so they don't become victims.. but it doesn't work.. those of us that are uber aware can't seem to get it through to some of our family members to have them stop before they become involved. I've even started a war between myself and some family members only to have them stop including me in their stupidity because they are afraid I'll go "overboard" again and mass reply-all when they send out a mass email warning or forward scam-spam ...etc... It bothers me, that people don't see themselves as part of the problem but yet they will still complain.. ie. they feed the beast but then complain when the beast still slobbers all over their email.. Family.. can't live with'um... can't find anyone to help you bury the bodies once you've hacked'm up! Just like um' hack up a few corpses and its like you're the plague or something.. O:-)

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