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The rise of spam in the last decade has been staggering, with the rate of spam exceeding that of legitimate email. While conjectures exist on how spammers gain access to email addresses to spam, most work in the area of spam containment has either focused on better spam filtering methodologies or on understanding the botnets commonly used to send spam. In this paper, the authors aim to understand the origins of spam. The authors post dedicated email addresses to record how and where spammers go to obtain email addresses.
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