but it looks like plagiarism to me.
Arts&LettersDaily linked to an article in the New Yorker about spam,
and it was sorta interesting.
Here’s one bit:
There are spam supermarkets, online forums, often hosted in China or Russia, with names like specialham.com and spamforum.biz.
Servers can operate from anywhere, and spam gangs sell lists of “fresh proxies” (newly infected PCs), offer “bullet-proof hosting” (spam service Web sites, often based in China), and advise each other on new spam techniques and on which networks are “spam-friendly” (those which will host spammers in exchange for the spammers’ paying for high-priced services they don’t need).
As it happens, though, I’m in the midst of moving from Colorado to Minnesota, and for the moment I’ve fetched up in my son’s house in St. Paul while we wait for my furniture to be delivered. He runs a small ISP, so he has a very personal interest in battling spam, and he pointed me to the source of these paragraphs, namely:
>>>In spammer ‘supermarkets’, closed online forums hosted mainly in China, Russia and Florida with names such as “Specialham.com”, “Spamforum.biz”, etc., spam gangs sell lists of “fresh proxies” (newly infected PCs), offer “Bullet-Proof Hosting” (spam service web sites normally based in China), and advise each-other on new spam techniques and which networks are “spam-friendly” (which networks will host spammers and close a blind eye in exchange for the spammers paying for high-priced services they don’t need).
Not likely an accident.
UPDATE: Writer Michael Specter has provided a gracious explanation in the comments, for which I thank him.