RE: [Asrg] News Article - CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER SPAMMER etc.

"Eric Dean" <eric@purespeed.com> Tue, 13 May 2003 14:54 UTC

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From: Eric Dean <eric@purespeed.com>
To: "Hallam-Baker, Phillip" <pbaker@verisign.com>, 'Barry Shein' <bzs@world.std.com>
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Subject: RE: [Asrg] News Article - CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER SPAMMER etc.
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Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 10:55:11 -0400
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An average spam message is 5KB  (high estimate)

That's 40kb

You can host a server for about $100/Mbps/month

There are roughly 2.6M seconds in a month

Therefore you can send about 25 spams/second within a 1Mbps pipe...thus
producing 60+million spams for a $100

Cost is < $0.000002/spam

>
> The guy was only making $1,000 a week sending out 18 million emails.
> That is $7.60 for every MILLION messages he sends. His email servers
> don't even make the minimum wage.
>
> So maybe he was telling the truth and the fact is that small fry like
> him make no real money unless they break the law. I suspect that the
> tales of spam senders making $10,000 a week are bogus.
>
> Now look at it from the other side, how much does a million spams cost?
> I don't think the $1 a message claim is credible but I would doubt the
> figure is less than a cent. That would mean $10,000 in costs to society
> for him to make $7.60.
>
> This is a marginal business that can be pushed under with a small scale
> change in the economics. That does not have to be sender pays. Even small
> scale enforcement of anti-spam laws would push a lot of the small fry
> under.
>
> 		Phill
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