On the road again

You all may have noticed that I haven’t written any blog posts for a couple of weeks now.  That’s because I’m currently on vacation overseas in Australia.  My internet access has been very limited during this time and I haven’t been able to find convenient access.  $12 per hour at the hotel does not constitute…

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Are some days of the week spammier than others?

Further to my other post below, I decided to investigate whether or not some days of the week are spammier than others.  To calculate this, I took all the data that I had for volume of spam (N=43) and calculated the total weekly volume and the total weekly volume excluding weekends.  Our volume always goes…

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Want to make a difference? Try fighting spam

Microsoft is going through some revisions in its HR process.  This is a story that has been reported in the press, you can also read a little bit about it on Mini Microsoft.  I went to the internal blog and our head of HR, Lisa Brummel, is soliciting feedback about what it’s like to work…

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Are some days of the week better predictors of spam than others?

I recently decided to investigate whether or not some days of the week are better predictors of spam outbreaks than others.  If we get a big increase on Sunday, for example, does it mean that the rest of the week is going to to see a big increase? To calculate this, I took all of…


More on spam analyst performance

In my last post, I mentioned that I was reading Dr. Steenbarger’s blog on trader performance.  Dr. Steenbarger has done a lot of research in studying what makes top performers the experts in their fields.  One of the things that separates the experts from the amateurs and average performers is the way that they process…

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Spam analyst performance

I was recently reading Dr. Brett Steenbarger’s blog and started reading some of the historical research he has between peak performers and traders.  If you are a stock trader I would highly recommend you read his blog, it’s one of the best I have come across.  Steenbarger is releasing a book that studies the performance of…


If spam were a stock, I’d want to buy it

Since the beginning of the year, the amount of mail that we process has doubled.  The ramp up in messages started this summer and has really increased since the middle of July.  I’m sure they are not related but if you were to take a look at the SP-500, the composite index hit bottom in…


Maintaining a wiki

Those of us in the spam team have decided to create an internal wiki designed to house all of our knowledge.  Personally, I think this is a good idea as there is a lot of information buried somewhere in all of our email, and the wiki is a good place to organize it all. We…


Happy Halloween (tomorrow)

I came across this Halloween Hangman flash animation game today.  Have fun.

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Spamhaus woes linked to rise in spam?

I was browsing the web, looking to see how others were dealing with the problem when I came across this post on a discussion board.  The writer mentions that the sudden rise in spam corresponds to the start Spamhaus’ legal troubles. If this is true (and I’d have to check our historical data to verify…


Lest it be thought we aren’t doing enough…

During this latest spam glut, I would just like to mention that we, on the spam team, are working very hard to combat this latest threat.  In the past, we used to get spam outbreaks every few months.  Then it was every couple of months, then once a month.  This past year it started once…


We’re not crying uncle yet

The month of October has been the highest ever in terms of overall volume.  We set a record on on October 18, and we broke it on October 24.  To put this in perspective, our volume yesterday was 47% higher than the average daily volume for all of September.  If this were the stock market,…


Stock spammers playing around with payload

This is a trend I have noticed in the past week.  Over the weekend I saw that stock spam had been piling up but spammers were not just sending it as images – they were sending it as text.  Normally (“normal” being a relative term), spammers compose image stock spam by typing up their pump-and-dump…

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Funny line in a message

A friend of mine sent me a message the other day that was commenting on the Google buyout of YouTube.  It was the title of an article in a newsletter: All your video are belong to us.

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Gracie, gracie… that’s a nice donut.

One of the benefits of being a spam analyst is that you get to sharpen your foreign language recognition skills.  Now, normally this isn’t an issue for me, as I am fluent in over six million forms of communication.  Today was such an occasion when I got to demonstrate my powers of semantics. We had…

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