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Spim is the New Spam

February 23, 2005 offers a good overview of one of the newest spam frontiers: your IM client – hence “Spim.” The story cites recent findings from the Pew Internet & American Life Project which state that “seventeen million Americans who use services like America Online’s Instant Messenger and Microsoft’s MSN Messenger have received unsolicited commercial messages through the services at least once… .”
More alarmingly, Francis deSouza, CEO of IMLogic tells the WaPo that “about 400 million people use some kind of instant messaging service today, sending between 5 billion and 6 billion instant messages a day.” That’s a lot of potential spim or, worse yet, a mega-virus.
Read: Spammers Seeking Out Instant Messengers, Survey Shows – [ via Yahoo]

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  1. June 20, 2006 7:36 am

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