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'Super Spam Me'

McAfee studies effects of replying to unwanted email

McAfee is soliciting volunteers from around the globe for a study on spam email: All the participants have to do is respond to every piece of spam email they receive during a 30-day period.

The study, called "Super Spam Me" -- a takeoff on the popular documentary "Super Size Me," which tracked a filmmaker's steady diet of fast food -- will begin in January. McAfee has already kicked it off in the U.K., where the security company is looking for just five volunteers who'll get £300 for participating. The company plans to open the study to five volunteers in the U.S., as well as to a number of volunteers from other parts of the world.

McAfee will monitor the spam participants receive during the 30-day period to see what happens when a user gives in to spam, as well as to see what types and volume of spam is out there.

To apply, email your age, gender, occupation, daytime telephone, and the average number of hours you spend on the Internet to: [email protected]

— Kelly Jackson Higgins, Senior Editor, Dark Reading

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    Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Executive Editor of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

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