Planet Money
4:53 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Episode 430: Black Market Pharmacies And The Spam Empire Behind Them

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 10:33 am

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Chances are you've received an email with a subject line like this "The hottest method to please your beloved one" or this "Want to get good health for low prices?" Emails offering "low cost med pills!"

You've probably wondered — who is sending these emails? Does anyone actually click on these links? What happens when they do?

On today's show — we go deep inside the world of spam to answer these questions with the help of cyber-security reporter Brian Krebs and researcher Stefan Savage.

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