As the Universe Expands, So Does Spam

By May 28, 2009Technology

From CNET News, “Report: Spam now 90 percent of all e-mail“:

Spam now accounts for 90.4 percent of all e-mail, according to a report released Monday from security vendor Symantec. This means that 1 out of every 1.1 e-mails is junk. The report also notes that spam shot up 5.1 percent just from April to May.

It’s the recession. Or the stimulus bill. Or global warming that heats the blood of the reptilian creatures responsible for spam e-mail, stimulating them into ever greater activity.

For some reason, this is particularly depressing:

The popular CAPTCHA program, which asks the user to type in a series of random characters, is no longer proving as effective as once hoped. Many Web sites have relied on CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) to ensure that accounts are created by actual human beings.

But criminals have now succeeded in generating profiles with random names, apparently by using automated CAPTCHA breakers. The report notes that some major Web sites are now exploring other ways to block automated accounts, such as using photographic images that a user must analyze.

In the far, far distant future, at the end of entropy, one last pulse of information will stir the cold: BUY CHEAP DRUGS NOW.

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