Chapter 6. Spam Whack-a-Mole

Spam is the swamp in which almost every Internet crime festers. If we want to stop the growth of Internet crime, we must drain the swamp.

The spam crisis illustrates the consequence of letting trivial problems grow unchecked. In the space of about 18 months, the problem of spam grew from a minor nuisance to the biggest and most serious security problem on the Internet.

Spam is not merely a nuisance; it is a conduit for crime. A study by the Federal Trade Commission in 2003 reported that 66 percent of spam messages sent contained a statement that was false.[1] This number represents the proportion of messages that can be proved beyond a doubt ...

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