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Spam Kings: The Real Story Behind the High-Rolling Hucksters Pushing Porn, Pills, and %*@ )# Enlargements

By Ben Rothke, CISSP

Spam Kings: The Real Story Behind the High-Rolling Hucksters Pushing Porn, Pills, and %*@ )# Enlargements. By Brian McWilliams; published by O'Reilly & Associates, 800/998-9938 (phone), www.oreilly.com (Web); 368 pages; $22.95.

Spam is no longer a nuisance. It has developed into a huge problem for organizations that have to deal with the millions of e-mails that flood their mailboxes, often delivering scams or viruses.

It has gotten to the point that more than 60 percent of today's e-mail traffic is spam. And experts estimate that more than five trillion spam messages will be sent in 2005. Such volumes of e-mail result in lost productivity, system downtime, employee frustration, and a host of other problems.

It is an axiom in security to know your enemy. Before taking on spammers, Spam Kings is a good place to turn for a look at some of the people responsible for the spam epidemic. The book provides the details, often comical, of the seemingly never-ending cat-and-mouse games played by spammers and members of the antispam cabal dedicated to stopping them. It's a good preview on what a company is getting into when it decides to take on spam.


Reviewer: Ben Rothke, CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), is a New York City-based senior security consultant with ThruPoint, Inc. He is a member of ASIS International.

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