[LINK] Microsoft shuts down spam behemoth Rustock, reduces worldwide spam by 39%

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Sat Mar 19 15:33:24 AEDT 2011

On 2011/Mar/19, at 3:09 PM, Fernando Cassia wrote:

> On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 11:23 PM, Kim Holburn <kim at holburn.net> wrote:
>> Has anyone noticed if spam has really gone down by that much?
> Since I started using GMail, I rarely see spam getting into my Inbox.
> Gmail's spam filters work quite well and filter 99.9% of it, I'd say.

Yeah same, which is why I asked.  I guess someone on the list either maintains their own mail server or uses a homegrown one and sees more spam than me.

> If you mean volume of spam reaching my mailbox, I don't have a
> statistical answer but a quick visual inspection of my Spam folder
> shows something interesting: nowadays itcontains a small percentage of
> Spanish language spam (mostly sellin travel and tourism services from
> unknown small firmsin Peru,Mexico and the like), a likewise amount of
> Italian and Portuguese language spam, and 90% of it -if not more- is
> now CHINESE language spam.
> The English language emails are either phishing or nigerian scammers.

I've had a few nigerian's wanting to befriend me on a social networking site.  Perhaps spam is adapting.
I have mostly English with some rare French, German and Spanish.

> Since I've used this email to even post messages without masking my

> address to Usenet newsgroups, and have it linked from several blogger
> profiles, I'd say I should be swamped by spam, but I'm not. I count
> around 20 spam messages per day.

I have had the same email address for many years and I get about 4 spams a day.

> "Terminal" one that reminds me of green-screen ASCII
> terminals and is also VERY easy on my eyes. :)


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