There Aren't That Many Serious Spammers Out There
If there’s only a few large gangs operating—and other people are detecting these huge swings of activity as well—then that’s very significant for public policy. One can have sympathy for police officers and regulators faced with the prospect of dealing with hundreds or thousands of spammers; dealing with them all would take many (rather boring and frustrating) lifetimes. But if there are, say, five, big gangs at most—well that’s suddenly looking like a tractable problem.
Spam is costing us [allegedly] billions (and is a growing problem for the developing world), so there’s all sorts of economic and diplomatic reasons for tackling it. So tell your local spam law enforcement officials to have a look at the graph of Demon Internet’s traffic. It tells them that trying to do something about the spammers currently makes a lot of sense—and that by just tracking down a handful of people, they will be capable of making a real difference!
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