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A new generation of spammers is rising up in regions such as Asia Pacific, Japan, and South America, and beginning to outstrip their North American counterparts in junk mail output. Asia Pacific and South America accounted for 23 percent and 22 percent, respectively, of global spam during October. That's according to a new study …

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Paris Hilton

Charitable of them.

So Symantec are saying that all the Viagra spams are because countries with fat pipes are feeling sorry for all us stuck with slow broadband?

Paris, she appreciates a fat pipe.

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How many percent...

...correspond to those incredibly stupid "Hi, we're your webmail company and we need you to send us your name, e-mail and password to reactivate your account" idiots? Three just today.

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WTF?

@Rafael 1 - how many percent

It really doesn't matter as long as it's ever so slightly bigger than zero.

If a spammer sends 150 million spams and gets just one idiot who responds with details of a bank account from which he steals £1000, that's a win for him. Especially if the bandwidth consumed by the spam was paid for by someone else, which is the case if it's sent out by compromised PCs on someone else's net. Ditto if he gets 30 orders for blue chalk-and-rat-poison pills at £33 profit on each.

I've read a theory, that this is why most spam is so lame. They don't WANT to snare any moderately intelligent people who might then create significant "heat" for them. They don't want to be sufficiently plausible to a man on the Clapham omnibus, that truly capable geeks with a hero complex set out to lure them into the arms of law enforcement. They want to ensnare only drooling idiots, who won't have a clue what to do next after getting themselves robbed or conned. This is why, for example, spammers hardly ever put their spam through a spelling and grammar check program.

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Why was I expecting...

...loads of photos of Jean-Luc Picard?

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