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AOL chokes on millions of email messages
On the 1st of June, AOL fell because of a "software bug" that prohibited
any email to be sent or received by the millions of subscribers
to the giant ISP. After an unspecified time (visibly less than 24
hours), the operation could be restored.
It seems that there was no email lost. The very old but robust
email protocols and the huge equipment of AOL allowed the queuing
of received and sent messages. So it was only a delay for the messages
of most users. They are churning 500,000 messages per minute to
correct the situation.
This is the number of Internet users aged more than 15, as evaluated
by comScore Networks, but excluding cybercafes and portable phones.
France has 23,8 millions users, while USA still has 152 millions
and China already totals 74,7 millions.
Smut SPAM is fine
That's the obvious conclusion after looking at the recent figures
published by CypherTrust and Infosec. 1 SPAM out of 20 leads to
money spending when it is about porn (pornography) or erotica.
Very few marketers dream of such conversion rates. Notably, pharmaceutical
products reach about 0,02% and fake Rolex and other watches fall
to 0,0075%. But if you remember that they send tens of millions
of SPAM messages, these email convert into sizeable turnover figures.