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The DARKER Side of Junk E-Mail

Posted: 14th Jul, 2004 By: MarkJ
Not that it'll make any difference, but security firm Clearswift has raised concern at the growing number of junk e-mail (SPAM) messages containing malicious or illegal content:

In the early days, spam was dominated by pornography but these days an opened junk e-mail is far more likely to be offering a miracle diet than an invitation to view porn.

While porn is languishing at just 4.8% of spam, compared to 21.8% at the same time last year, financial and pharmaceutical spam [viagra] now makes up nearly 70% of spam. Mr Hockey estimates that spammers have around a one in 40,000 hit rate with products they are selling online.


Sadly the BBC News Online item goes on to highlight that many of the new style junk e-mails allow criminals to direct people to disreputable websites without being traced:

Known as web-phishing, spam directing people to seemingly legitimate sites in order to steal credit card details and other personal information is on the rise. Both hackers and spammers need networks to distribute their wares and Mr Hockey believes they are increasingly working together to make use of zombie PCs.

It's predicted that this kind of SPAM is likely to get worse before it gets better.
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