Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Get HideMyAss! VPN, PC Mag's Top 10 VPNs of 2016 for 55% off for a Limited Time ×
Spam

Submission + - A New Approach To Reducing Spam? (nytimes.com)

WrongSizeGlass writes: A New Approach To Reducing Spam?

A team of computer scientists at two University of California campuses has been looking deeply into the nature of spam, and they think found a 'oechoke point' [PDF] that could greatly reduce the flow of spam. It turned out that 95 percent of the credit card transactions for the spam-advertised drugs and herbal remedies they bought were handled by just three financial companies — one based in Azerbaijan, one in Denmark and one in Nevis, in the West Indies. If a handful of companies like these refused to authorize online credit card payments to the merchants, “you’d cut off the money that supports the entire spam enterprise,” said one of the scientists.

This discussion was created for logged-in users only, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

A New Approach To Reducing Spam?

Comments Filter:

As in certain cults it is possible to kill a process if you know its true name. -- Ken Thompson and Dennis M. Ritchie

Working...