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More than sixty percent of today's email traffic is spam, according to email filtering firm Brightmail. This year alone, five trillion spam messages will clog Internet users in-boxes, costing society an estimated $10-billion in lost productivity, filtering software, and other expenses.Spam Kings: The Real Story behind the High-Rolling Hucksters Pushing Porn, Pills, and %*@)# Enlargements is the first book to expose the shadowy world of the people responsible for the junk email problem. Author and veteran ...

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More than sixty percent of today's email traffic is spam, according to email filtering firm Brightmail. This year alone, five trillion spam messages will clog Internet users in-boxes, costing society an estimated $10-billion in lost productivity, filtering software, and other expenses.Spam Kings: The Real Story behind the High-Rolling Hucksters Pushing Porn, Pills, and %*@)# Enlargements is the first book to expose the shadowy world of the people responsible for the junk email problem. Author and veteran investigative journalist Brian S. McWilliams delivers a compelling account of the cat-and-mouse game played by spam entrepreneurs in search of easy fortunes and those who are trying to stop them.Spam Kings chronicles the evolution of Davis Wolfgang Hawke, a notorious neo-Nazi leader (Jewish-born) who got into junk email in 1999. Using Hawke as a case study, Spam Kings traces the twenty-year-old neophyte's rise in the spam trade to his emergence as a major player in the lucrative penis pill market—a business that would eventually make him a millionaire and the target of lawsuits from AOL and others.Spam Kings also tells the parallel story of Susan Gunn, a computer novice in California who is reluctantly drawn into the spam wars and eventually joins a group of anti-spam activists. Her volunteer sleuth work puts her on a collision course with Hawke and other spammers, who try to wreak revenge on the antis. You'll also meet other cyber-vigilantes who have taken up the fight against spammers as well as the cast of quirky characters who comprise Hawke's business associates.The book sheds light on the technical sleight-of-hand—forged headers, open relays, harvesting tools, and bulletproof hosting—and other sleazy business practices that spammers use; the work of top anti-spam attorneys; the surprising new partnership developing between spammers and computer hackers; and the rise of a new breed of computer viruses designed to turn the PCs of innocent bystanders into secret spam factories.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596007324
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/10/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian McWilliams has been reporting on business and technology issues for over twenty years. His articles have appeared in online publications such as Wired.com and Salon.com as well as in magazines including PC World, Computerworld, InformationWeek, CFO, Across the Board, and Inc. McWilliams gained international attention in 2002 when he wrote about the contents of Saddam Hussein's email inbox.

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Table of Contents

Dedication

Acknowledgment

Introduction

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Chapter 3:

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Chapter 5:

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Chapter 7:

Chapter 8:

Chapter 9:

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Chapter 11:

Epilogue

Glossary

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

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    *Walks in not noticing anything trips over a cat if there in here*needs more light

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    Posted June 30, 2012

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    Posted June 30, 2012

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    Med cat is here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2004

    Excellent story about the 'Spam War'

    And that's truly what the book is about, the stories of some notorious spammers and the battles by some well-known anti spammers to try to put a stop to them. Each side appears to use its share of nasty tactics to attempt to 'defeat' the other side. Along the way, the reader is treated to a fascinating and intriguing turn of events. The book starts off with the story of Davis Hawke, ex-'neo Nazi' who then discovers spamming as a way to make money. There's also chapters about other notorious spammers like 'Terri Tickle,' a woman looking for videos of men being tickled, who later turns out to be a man from New York state, or Scott Richter, another well-known spammer who ran afoul of the law. There are also those on the other side, the 'good guys' like Shiksaa, Steve Linford, and Karen Hoffmann (who later 'joined' the 'other side'). This book by investigative journalist Brian McWilliams reveals not only the seamy underside of the spam world and provides an informal 'history' of events by both sides. There are no happy endings in this book, and it proves that the 'spam wars' are a never ending battle. It's going to be interesting to see how this 'battle' eventually turns out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2004

    happy ending

    The book gives a fascinating glimpse at some of the spammers who are clogging your mailbox. In the general press, there have been occasional interviews with a few public spammers. Like an article in the New York Times in 2003 that described two such spammers in Los Angeles. But for the most part, spammers wisely avoid the limelight. McWilliams delves into the background of several. The book shows good old fashioned investigative journalism. The machinations of the wretched filth are amazing. He also gives us insight into various antispammers that have arisen to combat this miserable scourge. Most notably, of Steve Linford, who runs Spamhaus, which is a global blacklist of the more egregrious spammers. There is no happy ending to this book, unlike a work of fiction. The methods described to fight spam have limited efficacy. Spam is clearly shown to be a chronic problem. An open sore on the rear end of the Internet.

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