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Security Bites 106: McAfee plays with spam

Dave Marcus of McAfee Avert Labs talks with Robert Vamosi about a recent experiment to better understand spam.

McAfee released on Tuesday the results of a monthlong spam experiment. The security company provided 50 people worldwide with a clean laptop armed only with antivirus protection (no anti-spam protection) and a brand new domain for e-mail. McAfee then asked them to surf the Net and blog about their experiences.

Within the first 24 hours, the individuals received their first spam e-mail in the S.P.A.M. (Spammed Persistently All Month) Experiment.

Over the course of 30 days, McAfee's test subjects accumulated 104,000 spam e-mails, or roughly 70 spam messages per day per recipient. Put another way, 87 percent of all the e-mail captured on the test laptops was considered to be spam.

I spoke with Dave Marcus, director of security research and communications for McAfee Avert Labs, about the experiment and the results.
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