Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Spam Marks

From Slashdot:
An international spam ring with ties to Australia, New Zealand, China, India, and the US is in the process of being shut down. Finances of members in the US are being frozen using the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 while the FBI is pursuing criminal charges. The group sent spam advertising male enhancement herbs and other items using a botnet estimated at 35,000 computers, and able to send 10 billion emails per day. The Federal Trade Commission monitored the group's finances and found that they had cleared $400,000 in Visa charges in one month alone.
I have noticed about a 33% drop off in the amount of spam that my workplace gets, but would it be too much to ask to have the government find the people who purchased some of that $400,000 of crap off of the spam and ban them from ever, ever using a computer again?

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