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Social networking sites have become the new front in the war against spam, according to security watchers. In the six months leading up to March 2008, social networking sites saw a four-fold growth in the amount of spam on their network. At several major social networking sites, 30 per cent of new accounts created are automated …

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You're a bit late

Targeting social networks for spam began on AOL in the mid 90's before the Internet as we know it now evolved... and has been going on ever since. It was very easy to get someones email address then.

Apparently, someone just learned how to hook their computer to other computers.

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Whom ever coined "poked full of Viagra" ought to get a promotion ;)

Genius!

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Fine with me.

Maybe they'll pump less spam to my inbox and more to the social profiles of idiots!

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Poked full of Viagra

No, no... The poking comes after the Viagra, surely...

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Lets make this easy

More effort is spent on plugging holes into registration systems to prevent automated registrations than the obvious. Follow the f'ing money. Go to the target sales sites, determine where the money goes, prosecute them. Matter of fact, start prosecuting drug companies for selling their wares to the bastards who set up these temporary shops in the first place.

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Reminds me of my favorite shirt...

Social engineering, because there is no patch for human stupidity.

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not surprised

I just got invited to post my phone number to an open group created by one of my friends. He lost his phone and has asked all his friends to post their phnoe numbers. He also happens to have about 200 friends... i told him he should rename his group Goldmine 4 ID Theft or Suckers up 4 Grabs.

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