You know it’s bad when …

This morning, I got a spam email with this subject line:

We are too lazy to change subjects every day, please buy our viagra

Wow, has it really come to this? Is there anyone left on this planet who wants to buy Viagra that doesn’t know how to get it, that spam like this has a non-zero conversion rate?!

I think spammers are now just sending spam to prove they can do it these days. They’re probably distributing URLs that link to sites that serve malware that exploit browser vulnerabilities simply to grow their botnets, under the guise of Viagra spam.

I’m waiting for the day when these botnet owners start distributing code to do large-scale grid crypto cracking. Imagine what kind of crypto you can brute-force in near-realtime with a grid of a few hundred thousand modern computers? That’s a supercomputer that no single organization could probably afford to purchase and manage.

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Comments

  1. Action Highlander says:

    Yoo, Dossy, now i kow it was gcin the reason for encoding problems. It seems that my previous “verison” of comment was deleted – maybe because of encoding, or whagtever… anyway – the way not to get spam emails is to have an own email server. I can say to you, it is not really hard, it is possible for everyone.

  2. I know this doesn’t have anything to do with your post, but I just wanted to write you a quick note.. I just wanted to say I appreciate all the work you are doing with your Twitter Karma. That’s it. I know it’s a lot of hard work and probably don’t hear much about how much people use it. I pass the link everytime someone asks for a Twitter Follower manager. Just wanted to say Thanks for the hardwork. 🙂

  3. Charlie: Thanks. I’m glad you like it and find it useful!

  4. It seems like they really want you to notice their pitch.

  5. Damn it, Steve, you might be right! I walked right into their trap!

  6. Hi Dossy,

    I just wanted to give you a free tip that I thought you’d like. http://www.twitterkarma.net is available. (I just got turned to twitter karma and thought you’d like an easier domain to remember).

    Thanks for the script.

    ~Mike Cowles. <

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