The Kings of Junk Mail

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It has happened to all of us. You open your inbox to be deluged by junk. Instead of reading relevant email from business correspondents, good friends and family, your email has been sold to the highest bidder to see if you need a new mortgage or a new bounce in your sex life. Thanks to SPAM filters and the like, this intrusion to our email has been throttled back to a dull roar. At least it is manageable and not overly annoying.

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Email is NOT dead

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If you read the press lately, one would think that email is on its death bed. There are primarily two reasons why people are predicting email’s demise. First, people are using Facebook for email and the CEO, Mark Zuckenburg thought that they might give Google Gmail a run for its money with its Gmail service.

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WSJ: “Why Email No Longer Rules”

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The growing use and importance of smartphones, instant messaging, text messaging and social networking – is signaling the end of the email era or at the least marking a major shift in personal commuincations.

Jessica E Vascellaro over at the Wall Street Journal has a great post today about the changes in the way we are communicating with each other.

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Computer Scams Spring from Digital Back Alleys

A peek inside online crime
hubs

Bill Zahren

Somewhere, right now, deep in the bowels of an anonymous
server in a dark room in, say, Iran,
a “carder forum” is brewing up the next scheme aimed at stealing your money.

Carder forums and chat rooms are highly exclusive online
bazaars where criminals who embrace the dark side of technology meet to
exchange the information and criminal services that create what’s been called a
shadow, “microeconomy.”

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Blizzard of SPAM


Pitstop users face a blizzard of spam – mostly aimed at the crotch.

The PC Pitstop users report they face more of a storm of spam than they did two years ago, with most of it aimed at sex, drugs and the theory that “bigger is better.”

The survey found that anyone who suffers from erectile dysfunction or is interested in increased penis size (including women) seems to have plenty of spam-delivered options. Pitstop users also reported a deluge of spam for software sales, Web greeting cards and excited emails from lawyers claiming the recipients have inherited money from strangers.

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Direct Revenue: Greed Triumphs Over Decency

The recent lawsuit filed by the New York Attorney General against Direct Revenue provides an incredible amount of information about the sleazy activities of spyware and adware companies. In the past, we’ve pointed out that these companies were making lots of money from their invasive installations. We saw a glimpse of how much money was at stake when Claria filed to go public in 2004. In that filing, they revealed that they made about $100 million in 2003. However, that high-profile bid to go public was at the height of Claria’s power and profit; they quietly aborted the attempt in the fall of 2004 and just recently announced that they are getting out.

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