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Spam Not So Profitable?

Jul 16, 2009, 03:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alex Goldman)

"Professional spamming continues at record levels despite the best efforts of security researchers, Internet stakeholders and law enforcement groups to kill it off -- making spam seem like a business too profitable to die. Yet while spam groups do make money off their increasingly elaborate efforts, it's not nearly as lucrative as you might think.

"A new report by researchers at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and the International Computer Science Institute at Berkeley, Calif., concludes that the widespread, spam-distributing Storm botnet earns only about $3.5 million per year.

"The total daily revenue attributable to Storm's pharmacy campaign is likely closer to $7,000 (or $9,500 during periods of campaign activity,)" the researchers wrote. Nevertheless, Storm is "certainly a healthy enterprise."

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