Posted By: Jonathon Sanchez
Anyone who uses email knows about spam emails, and in 2010, there was an estimated 200 billion pieces of spam sent per day. However, recently, there seems to be an unexplained precipitous drop in spam. The one question that I have always had, as a person who was raised on technology, who actually falls for spam emails?
A University of San Diego and International Computer Institute joint research found that spam is big business. The researchers estimated that they could have made $7,000 per day. They ran a fake pharmaceutical website that mirrored a legitimate website. The faux-website asked for financial information and then told the user there was an error to try again. The actual hit rate was about .0127 percent of people who received the solicitation actually fell for the trick – since there is little limitation on how many e-mails can be sent out – the potential for big profits remain Continue reading