The word farms of the web

Richard Clayton, a security researcher at Cambridge University, knows how to spot unsolicited junk mail – but even he had to look twice at what arrived in his inbox recently. The mail invited him to put a link to from his website. When he looked at, he found a collection of security articles written by people he hadn’t heard of.As an academic and author for the security blog, Clayton has an eye for good writing – especially security writing. What he found on didn’t make him very happy. “I had a look at it and I wasn’t very impressed,” he says. “There were spelling mistakes, ridiculous bits of grammar, words missing from sentences and so forth.”

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