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There are different ways how to deal with Spam.
One is, to eat it (yes, I know it is an old joke but I still like it…) – see the "official SPAM website" J
If it comes down to e-mail SPAM, the problem is different: Most of the ISPs today are using technical means (say: SPAM Filter), the users do the same and finally, if the SPAM nevertheless reaches the mailbox, the user gets angry and simply deletes the SPAM-mail. This is a pretty expensive process on all sides.
Do you remember the blog I wrote about the "Economy of Cybercrime"? It comes down to the question how the economical view on SPAM looks like: There seem to be a lot of people still being tricked with these mails and actually are doing the business the Spammer promotes. So, the monetary value of spamming looks pretty good – otherwise they would have stopped anyway, wouldn't they? Let's have a look at the cost-side for the spammer: technically there is more cost involved in sending Spam as there was a few years ago. A few years ago you could send mail through a lot of open mail relays – today you have to use botnets, which you often have to pay for. Additionally the Spam filters are getting better and better as well. Nevertheless, the cost on the industry and user side to get rid of it is significant.
What about the risk of being caught and convicted? Well, it is pretty low due to two facts: In certain countries, spamming is not illegal at all. In other countries, the ISP cannot open a case against a spammer – we need the user to actually send the spam in and complain.
This is the reason, why we support two initiatives in this respect:
Finally it comes down to the same conclusion as with Cybercrime in general: We have to work together to make them pay – and by "pay" I do not necessarily mean money, I mean legal actions. We have to work closely with Law Enforcement in order to catch them and make sure the spammers get what they deserve
I really appreciate the initiative taken bu spotspam and spam signal to get rid of the spammers.Certainly things like this should be followed by all internet savy countries to mantain a standard of the online industry.