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1 Billionth Spam Message harvested

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:16 am
by stan_qaz
http://www.projecthoneypot.org/1_billio ... _stats.php (lots more interesting reading at link)

Our 1 Billionth Spam Message

PUBLISHED: DECEMBER 15, 2009

On Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 06:20 (GMT) Project Honey Pot received its billionth email spam message. The message, a picture of which is displayed below, was a United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phishing scam. The spam email was sent by a bot running on a compromised machine in India (122.167.68.1). The spamtrap address to which the message was sent was originally harvested on November 4, 2007 by a particularly nasty harvester (74.53.249.34) that is responsible for 53,022,293 other spam messages that have been received by Project Honey Pot.

1 billionth Project Honey Pot Message

Every time Project Honey Pot receives a message we estimate that another 125,000 are sent to real victims. Our billionth message represents approximately 125 trillion spam messages that have been sent since Project Honey Pot started in 2004.

At this milestone, we wanted to take a second to report some of our findings. Our goal is not to rehash the same old insights but instead to give a new picture that only looking at five years and a billion data points can produce.

Re: 1 Billionth Spam Message harvested

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:27 pm
by Digerati
You beat me to it Stan. I thought that was an interesting email. Calling the 1 billionth spam message an "achievement" sounded as if they were extolling it as something good. I know that's not what they meant, but that's how it hit me.

125 trillion! :shock:

Re: 1 Billionth Spam Message harvested

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:25 pm
by Pierre
125 trillion!


Also sounds close to the US debt as well. :devil

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

Re: 1 Billionth Spam Message harvested

Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:46 am
by AlphaCentauri
Every spam received by Project Honey Pot is another compromised IP address added to their blocklist. In addition, they collect information about forum spammers and the open proxies that they use. Spammers would love to remove their spamtraps from their mailing lists. But because of the large number of website owners that participate in their project, it's hard to identify their spamtraps.

So the more spam Project Honey Pot gets, the better for everyone else.

Re: 1 Billionth Spam Message harvested

Posted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:35 am
by mjp28
Pierre wrote:
125 trillion!


Also sounds close to the US debt as well. :devil

http://www.usdebtclock.org/


Well the USA national bebt is actually ~$13.3 trillion, but there's more to that giant puzzle.

THIS IS A MUST SEE IF YOU HAVEN'T LOOKED AT IT, you might not believe your eyes, it's amazing.
http://www.usdebtclock.org/

Big numbers!