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1 Billion Spammers Served

Dec 15, 2009, 21:32 (1 Talkback[s])

"he spam email was sent by a bot running on a compromised machine in India ( The spamtrap address to which the message was sent was originally harvested on November 4, 2007 by a particularly nasty harvester ( that is responsible for 53,022,293 other spam messages that have been received by Project Honey Pot.

"Every time Project Honey Pot receives a message we estimate that another 125,000 are sent to real victims. Our billionth message represents approximately 125 trillion spam messages that have been sent since Project Honey Pot started in 2004.

"At this milestone, we wanted to take a second to report some of our findings. Our goal is not to rehash the same old insights but instead to give a new picture that only looking at five years and a billion data points can produce."

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