Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Blocking Spammers for Zero Cost

CSE researchers Kirill Levchenko, Andreas Pitsillidis,Neha Chachra, Brandon Enright, Tristan Halvorson, Chris Kanich, He Liu, Damon McCoy, Geoffrey Voelker, Stefan Savage along with colleagues in the Computer Science Division at UC Berkeley and the International Computer Science Institute have conducted a large-scale empirical study to measure the spam value chain in an end-to-end fashion. They have used their data to offer evidence that the spammers' payment tier is the most concentrated and valuable asset in the spam ecosystem, and one for which there may be a truly effective intervention through public policy action in Western countries. Click Trajectories: End-to-End Analysis of the Spam Value Chain. Read more: New York Times, Scientific American, New York Times Editorial. Listen to: NPR, All Things Considered