Re: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Windows Zombies Emit Well Over 100,000,000,000 SPAM Per Day
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____/ Mark Kent on Wednesday 13 August 2008 17:21 : \____
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> ____/ The Ghost In The Machine on Tuesday 12 August 2008 21:39 : \____
>>> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy Schestowitz
>>> on Tue, 12 Aug 2008 21:36:07 +0000
>>>> What is the speed of spam? 7.8 billion messages per hour!
>>> If one assumes 10kB/message that translates into a
>>> bandwidth of approximately 220 Gb/s [*]. All to give
>>> details on that secret breakthrough on certain drugs to
>>> help in a certain room of the house, or that guy in Nigeria
>>> who wants to give you a million dollars from deceased
>>> royalty (after paying a processing fee) or a lonely gal
>>> or guy wanting you -- but only after paying a stipend to
>>> view certain photos or movies.
>>> At 1.03 nanocents per bit (retail [+]) that works out to
>>> $200,000 per day. (Do take that figure with a very large
>>> grain of salt, but it still works even when multiplied
>>> by 100.)
>>> Compare that to the approximately $2.153 trillion it
>>> would cost using more traditional 4th rate postal rates
>>> (11.5 cents per missive).
>>> Small wonder spam mail is so prevalent; it's dirt cheap.
>>> Saves trees, too. :-)
>>> [rest snipped]
>>> [*] B = 10b, roughly. There are issues with stop bits and
>>> other such framing, and I'd have to look up the details
>>> regarding the Ethernet physical link. Under ideal
>>> conditions B = 8b, with no framing at all; such was
>>> in fact the case for very old Apple ][ audio tapes,
>>> for example. Modern packet NICs just operate at a
>>> higher frequency with a more complex protocol. ;-)
>>> [+] I pay $40 per month for a 1.5Mb/s ISDN connection. There are
>>> cheaper plans, I'm sure.
>> It's the cost of cybercrime, not bandwidth you should look at.
> Ah, but Roy, the bandwidth has to be paid for - it's a very large part
> of the cost indeed.
Compared to about $60 billion per year in damages?
~~ Best of wishes
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