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just picked up today sounds interesting.update 8 16 10 Never read Fiance read it, he is a self proclaimed computer nerd Said the book was good. This book brought back a lot of memories of the early days of the internet I remember some of the spam campaigns, and even remember people I knew buying lists of emails from these guys and automated mail programs to try to get their own piece The book did feel a bit padded, with full AIM conversations being transcribed when only a summary would have sufficed just fine There was precious little in resolution to the book it concluded before many of the spammers of the era were brought to justice Maybe it could be re released with updates Like the internet itself, stories like this can get out of date very quickly and ten years is an eternity. This is my work industry I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot That said, having talked to others involved in the work around the same time, I ve heard that some people felt it wasn t the most accurate So, very well written and engaging, and useful to someone interested in the subject, but someone seeking a highly accurate representation of the truth might want to take this with a few grains of salt. The full title here is Spam Kings The Real Story behind the High Rolling Hucksters Pushing Porn, Pills, and % Enlargements I co worker of mine used to get flabbergasted every time the topic of unsolicitted commercial e mail, or Spam, was brought up Not because it annoyed him, but because he just didn t understand how these people got away with it and how they did their work Why didn t police just knock on their doors and arrest them I was kind of interested in the same question, so I picked up this book looking for an answer I was also curious as to why these people do what they do Do people really buy stuff from them Enough to make a living Enough even to get rich Spam Kings did answer these questions, in a way It actually tells the stories of both spammers and anti spammers, dedicated Internet users who try to unmask, report, and otherwise thwart those deliverers of junk e mail In particular, the book follows the stories of one person from each side, highlighting how he she got involved in the spamming anti spamming scene, the methods used, and the hijinks that ensued It sounds like it should make for an interesting story the main spammer character in the book is a Neo Nazi for crying out loud and it does in parts But McWilliams somehow manages to take an inherantly fascinating if distasteful topic and drain it of most of its drama and life I don t expect him to make everything melodramatic than it is, but this book was pretty hard to get through in most places It could have really used some humor, commentary, and examination of the big picture that spamming played in Internet culture The author gives the anti spamming subculture a good treatment, but largely ignores the rest of the world would make it that much approachable to the typical reader Instead, it reads like a 9th grade world history book than the story of new age cyber criminals and the grass roots campaigns organized to defend against them.Its other problem is that there are way too many characters and not enough to differentiate them The two main protagonists are fairly well drawn out, but far too often the book would flop into discussions about othe players and their activities that were honestly of no interest Okay, is he talking about the herbal viagra guy, the diet pill guy, the hacker secrets guy, or some new guy I don t even know who the heck he is Do I care Is there even a difference between them Can t I just skip to the next section So I really don t recommend this one You may, in fact, get entertainment out of reading the actual spam in your e mail inbox. ( Epub ) ⚇ Spam Kings: The Real Story behind the High-Rolling Hucksters Pushing Porn, Pills, and %*@)# Enlargements ⚕ More Than Sixty Percent Of Today S Email Traffic Is Spam, According To Email Filtering Firm Brightmail This Year Alone, Five Trillion Spam Messages Will Clog Internet Users In Boxes, Costing Society An Estimated Billion In Lost Productivity, Filtering Software, And Other Expenses Spam Kings The Real Story Behind The High Rolling Hucksters Pushing Porn, Pills, And % Enlargements Is The First Book To Expose The Shadowy World Of The People Responsible For The Junk Email Problem Author And Veteran Investigative Journalist Brian S McWilliams Delivers A Compelling Account Of The Cat And Mouse Game Played By Spam Entrepreneurs In Search Of Easy Fortunes And Those Who Are Trying To Stop Them Spam Kings Chronicles The Evolution Of Davis Wolfgang Hawke, A Notorious Neo Nazi Leader Jewish Born Who Got Into Junk Email In Using Hawke As A Case Study, Spam Kings Traces The Twenty Year Old Neophyte S Rise In The Spam Trade To His Emergence As A Major Player In The Lucrative Penis Pill Market A Business That Would Eventually Make Him A Millionaire And The Target Of Lawsuits From AOL And Others Spam Kings Also Tells The Parallel Story Of Susan Gunn, A Computer Novice In California Who Is Reluctantly Drawn Into The Spam Wars And Eventually Joins A Group Of Anti Spam Activists Her Volunteer Sleuth Work Puts Her On A Collision Course With Hawke And Other Spammers, Who Try To Wreak Revenge On The Antis You Ll Also Meet Other Cyber Vigilantes Who Have Taken Up The Fight Against Spammers As Well As The Cast Of Quirky Characters Who Comprise Hawke S Business AssociatesThe Book Sheds Light On The Technical Sleight Of Hand Forged Headers, Open Relays, Harvesting Tools, And Bulletproof Hosting And Other Sleazy Business Practices That Spammers Use The Work Of Top Anti Spam Attorneys The Surprising New Partnership Developing Between Spammers And Computer Hackers And The Rise Of A New Breed Of Computer Viruses Designed To Turn The PCs Of Innocent Bystanders Into Secret Spam Factories Another one of those books where the title pretty much says it all This book reminded me, in some ways, of Cliff Stoll s classic, The Cuckoo s Egg If you ve ever been curious about junk email, this book will reveal some of the secrets behind it, including what motivates people to send it McWilliams style is clear and direct, and he does a good job of explaining some complex things I think one of my favorite parts of the book were the bits about the time travel spammer I vaguely recall reading a few pieces about him back in the day, but had almost forgotten until this book brought them back. 3.5 Certainly dredged up quite a few memories from a previous life A number of friends and acquaintances make appearances, though not often in particularly flattering light In fact, virtually nobody completely escapes the tar brush I suppose this is seen as a objective form of journalism An interesting enough read that filled in some gaps for me, but I m not sure it conveys so much a sense of The Real Story than a neutral narrative of selective fact checked events. Basically, this is a book length version of a magazine article It s not padded out there s certainly enough material to fill the book Equally, this isn t just a set of articles stuck together, like many books of blogs I ve read This book is quite tightly focussed but it doesn t go into any depth as it progresses It s fine for what it is, although it would be nice to get an extra page in the ebook to say what happened to the people who went to trial. Very detailed and well researched and all but well it almost completely takes place in the US of A, and there is a whole world of spammers out there who don t grace these pages even once.Kinda like reading IM logs, mixed with court records, for hours. This was great for the demonstration of ridiculous ego charged capitalistic hyperactivity all the characters engage in that makes them almost unbelievable but it happened I guess.