Is Email Business Dying?: A Study on Evolution of Email Spam Over Fifteen Years

Wang, De and Irani, Danesh and Pu, Calton (2014) Is Email Business Dying?: A Study on Evolution of Email Spam Over Fifteen Years. EAI Endorsed Transactions on Collaborative Computing, 1 (1). e3. ISSN 2312-8623

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With the increasing dedication and sophistication of spammers, email spam is a persistent problem even today. Popular social network sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ are not exempt from email spam as they all interface with email systems. While some report predicts that email spam business is dying due to the decreasing volume of email spam. Whether email spam business is really dying is an interesting question. In this paper, we analyze email spam trends on Spam Archive dataset, which contains 5.5 million spam emails over 15 years (1998 – 2013). We statistically analyze emails contents including header information (e.g. content type) and embedded items (e.g. URL links). Also, we investigate topic drift using topic modeling technique. Moreover, we perform network analysis on sender-to-receiver IP routing networks. Our study shows the dynamic nature of email spam over one and a half decades and demonstrate that the email spam business is not dying but more capricious.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: email, spam, evolution
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Depositing User: EAI Editor IV
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2021 11:52
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2021 11:52

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