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—— Forwarded Message From: Gary Lawrence Murphy Organization: TCI Business Innovation through Open Source Computing Reply-To: Gary Lawrence Murphy Date: 21 Apr 2002 09:21:24 -0400 To: fork Subject: Why you get spam

The Mercury News (via is running a series of articles on spam this weekend, of which there are few surprises except the confirmation that, whatever we may do, however we may hate it, the sad truth is, spam is highly profitable.

For example, you might shoot down the numbered yahoo account offering porn site subscriptions, but at $50/subscriber, a 0.01% hit rate could net thousands of dollars for a few minutes work; the instigator doesn’t need a very high percent to make it worth their while, and as anonymous affiliates, they insulate the real source of the spam from any reprisals.

The cajun Spam King speaks:

Big companies bankrolling spam:

Decent backgrounder on what spam is and how it works:

— Gary Lawrence Murphy TeleDynamics Communications Inc Business Innovations Through Open Source Systems: “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”(Pablo Picasso)

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