excess of output (that is, the excessive communication power) in the
hands of a single person guarantees an incredible freedom of expression
but threatens to implode the electronic mail medium. And, though the
technique of 'shooting into the crowd' was already perfected by traditional
marketing in the last twenty years, some other techniques have been
made possible only thanks to the interwined networks of the Internet,
such as the suggestion to buy some stocks so the spammer can sell them
after the rise induced by the wave of buyers, or the 'dictionary attack',
that is, trying to guess the email addresses hosted on a single provided
using a dictionary of common names and words.
This endless struggle
between polluters and self-appointed ethical crusaders is just one of
the biggest contradictions of the Net. Thus, unavoidably, this book
will become a classic in this field. Moreover, even if, as the famous
cartoonist Thach Bui says, the inventor of a working system to kill
spam would deserve the Nobel prize, the most daring and hidden desires
of human beings will continue to be the target of profiteers.
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