A groundbreaking study by CNS researchers on the underground spam economy was profiled in Businessweek the week of December 12, 2012. The study, by a group headed by CNS Director Stefan Savage and consisting of researchers from CNS and UC Berkeley. The article provides a high level overview of spammers’ business model along with a number of interesting statistics about the spam economy, such as the percentage of Americans who have purchased goods and services through spam advertisements (12%) and the number of businesses (45) behind 69,002 web sites.
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