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June 02, 2004
Organized Crime to Take Over Spam?
Brother Dana has a post worthy of much consideration this morning arguing that the anti-spam laws will drive spammers into the arms of organized crime (Spammer In A Can):
Within a year, I predict, the days of the individual spammer will be over. The days of the corporate spammer will be here. And the volumes of hard-to-trace spam that will result will dwarf anything we have seen to date.
This is worrisome not simply because the spam problem will continue but, because once organized crime has taken root, other opportunities for socially detrimental activities will increase. For example, I've often compared those who would game alternative compensations systems to spammers. The problem becomes worse if the spammers are part of organized crime. Of course, that is a single example ... there are many more nasty things that become possible with organized criminals manipulating our network.
For those interested in SPAM laws world wide, be sure to check out LawMeme's comprehensive coverage: LawMeme's Spam Archive.
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