On Wired News: Spam Filters Grab Good With Bad
“Meanwhile, nonspammer newbies will tend to get hammered hardest in terms of having their mail blocked, since they don’t know how to send it in ways which can get through. They will also get hammered hardest in terms of receiving spam, since they’ll be less discriminating in their choices of spam filters.”
Hughes also believes spammers will divide into several sub-species.
“Some will likely specialize in targeting the newbies and the unfiltered masses; these will probably tend to be pushing Viagra, cheap porn and the opportunity to communicate with interesting Africans who want to give them millions of dollars,” said Hughes.
“Others will likely move up-market, probably sell their services to legitimate marketers, and specialize in targeting those users who have the very best filters.”