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October Spam Total: 1501

Continuing the series of posts that exist simply to make a simple observation, I've noticed a marked increased in the amount of spam I'm getting - 1501 messages in just one month. That's a 50% jump!

I quickly skimmed through the messages, 100 at a time, to get a feel for the garbage that gmail was sheltering me from - ads for lots of 'Viab5gra', stock tips, and more than a few scams to try and steal eBay account information.

Classy.

Though I should hardly be surprised, I'm still amazed by the sheer volume of drug ads. They're overwhelming any other category - is this line of spam really that lucrative? They obviously must be sending out messages for things that 'work' in the sense of getting responses from the gullible and the desperate.

How very odd, really. I mean, how naive and trusting to you have to be to buy cut-rate medicine sight-unseen over the internet?

Part of the "run through the field of spam" exercise also involves checking out if there's anything interesting. A while back I saw what looked like a bit of a plagarized Harry Potter text in a spam. Now, I see what looks like a stock tip describing the financial viability of Facebook or something like that.

I hardly want to spend a lot of time going through this, so that's as much information as I'm going to dig out of it - and it's probably the lion's share of the narrative you will get from such a spurious e-mail.

I wonder if this will continue trending upwards infinitely or if the flood will ever stop?

Perhaps this month may be an abberation - I noticed a two-day phase where someone essentially mail-bombed me with spam.

Should be fun to find out if any changes are in store, I suppose.
Posted: Nov 01 2006, 02:03 AM by Krupo | with 4 comment(s)
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Zach said:

I did notice an increase of spam this month. I had 451. Actually I thought you were late posting or I didnt see your first post about spam or something cuz I had sooo many.
# November 1, 2006 5:23 AM

chemicalmouse said:

i've noticed an increase in spam too.  mainly "overseas" companys trying to get me to open a bank account for them.  thought it was just me.  nice to know it isn't
# November 1, 2006 4:57 PM

Treasure Hunter said:

Here is a recent article that was released about the increase in spam.
http://www.securityfocus.com/news/11420/1
 
In the article it says that most of the spam is coming from compromised systems and not spamers themselves.
 

"SecurityFocus, has found that average spam volume has increased almost 30 percent for its 35,000 clients in the last two months. Others have seen much more significant jumps: Spam black list maintainer Total Quality Management Cubed has seen a 450 percent increase in spam in two months, and the amount of spam filtered out every week by security software maker Sunbelt Software has more than tripled compared to six months ago."
# November 2, 2006 7:27 AM

Zach said:

Hey krupo,

I dont know if its just me but my spam gets deleted daily now. I have to write down how many I get daily.
# November 6, 2006 4:09 AM