[Taxacom] Taxacom Digest, Vol 56, Issue 30

Karl Magnacca kmagnacca at wesleyan.edu
Fri Nov 26 13:04:52 CST 2010

On 11/26/2010 8:08 AM, Frederick W. Schueler wrote:
> * these things are amazingly adaptive, constantly evolving to fill
> vacant niches in the gullibility-space of recipients, and to evade
> predation by spam filters. I hope somebody somewhere is seriously
> working on the taxonomy and phylogeny of the scenarios and
> grammatical lapses of spam (I'm just a casual collector, forwarding
> particularly egregious gem-quality specimens to the wife &
> son-in-law).

I noticed a dramatic drop-off in the amount of spam coming into my
inbox a month or two ago, similar to what happened a couple of years
ago when an eastern European server that was the source of ~25% of
the world's spam was taken down (and mostly what are left are
Nigerian scams and phishing rather than penis enlargement pills and
other "herbal supplements", suggesting a targeted loss).  Somewhere
a mass extinction must have taken place, which will no doubt soon be
followed by a radiation event...

Karl Magnacca
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Hawaii-Hilo

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