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!
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 6:41 AM • 35 Comments