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Spam To Die Soon

May 20th, 2011 | By | Category: Technology

Computer scientists at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego delivered great news at the IEEE Symposium in Oakland yesterday — they found a way to choke off about 95% of spam. According to the New York Times, nearly all orders for spamiceuticals are handled by just three financial companies; one each in Azerbaijan, Denmark and Nevis in the West Indies.

Stefan Savage of the University of California, San Diego worked with colleagues at San Diego and Berkeley and at the International Computer Science Institute to develop “spamalytics” to find a choke point where spam transactions could be cut off, ending the financial lifeblood of spammers. By blocking the transactions at the point at which the consumer uses a credit card, it is possible to shift the burden of cost to the spammer.

“The defenders can, in principle, identify which banks the scammers are using far faster than they can get new banks,” Dr. Savage said, “and for basically zero cost.”

An earlier study undertaken by the scientists showed that a single commercial spam e-mail campaign generated three messages for every person on the planet. That same study revealed that to sell $100 worth of Viagra, a spam provider needed to send 12.5 million messages. Would you be glad to see an end to spam?
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