Carbon footprint of spam email

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
By Yokota Fritz

Some of you might remember my ruminations on the carbon footprint of blogging. I never even thought, however, of the carbon footprint of spam -- the unsolicited untargeted ads broadcast via email and social networks. It turns out that anti virus vendor McAfee commissioned a study to calculate the energy cost of sending and receiving spam. According to McAfee's report on the carbon footprint of spam email: Fascinating stuff, with more discussion on the carbon footprint of spam at The Economist.

I'm a long time participant in Project Honeypot, which works to identify email address harvesters and spam senders by posting "honeypot" email addresses and mail servers, kind of like bait cars used in sting operations to find car thieves.

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"62 trillion spam emails were sent in 2008" I don't know where that data came from because it's blatantly wrong. I get at least 38 kagillion myself which extrapolates to 14 googolplex for the worldwide number.
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