Is Spam Profitable?

Professional spamming continues at record levels despite the best efforts of security researchers, Internet stakeholders and law enforcement groups to kill it off — making spam seem like a business too profitable to die.Yet while spam groups do make money off their increasingly elaborate efforts, it’s not nearly as lucrative as you might think.A new report by researchers at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and the International Computer Science Institute at Berkeley, Calif., concludes that the widespread, spam-distributing Storm botnet earns only about $3.5 million per year.

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