Happy Spamidays

We’ve noticed a significant uptick in spam volumes over the last week or two. Our spamtraps are overflowing and the ISPs that serve them have been glowing red hot. FrontBridge Technologies seems to agree with us: observing recent spam levels up 650% on the same period last year, as much as 93% of inbound mail. […]

We’ve noticed a significant uptick in spam volumes over the last week or two. Our spamtraps are overflowing and the ISPs that serve them have been glowing red hot. FrontBridge Technologies seems to agree with us: observing recent spam levels up 650% on the same period last year, as much as 93% of inbound mail.

To hijack the laguage of economics, this illustrates both the demand-side and supply-side of the equation:

  • The current gift-buying season increases the demand for spamvertisers to get their message out;
  • The huge growth in virus-infected zombies, marshalled into botnets, brings sufficient supply to meet it.

(As an aside, the FrontBridge press release also mentions a webinar series that they asked me to speak at.)

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