Here's a story about a cafe owner catching a spammer. It's a long read, but if you read it all it really opens your eyes to the massive scale of
Heres and exerpt from the long read:
Then, he spent a bit of time on www.emailspidereasy.com.... Don't
you just love the fake google-textads? He logged into mail.com next,
using the email address kendoda at accountant.com. Whatever hash they use
for passwords was aaka7zxkcNo. Then, he logged into his yahoo mail
account. This was probably to check the account that in which he
receives those mails. It looks like the rest happened over SSL.
Then it started. The screen started showing an awful lot of smtp traffic
heading out onto the net. I knew that I had to let it go, even if it
meant another 48 hours of being blacklisted. If it meant he could be
convicted of committing a crime, then I figured it was worth the price.
I hope those who received the mail also feel that way. (sorry :-/)
Before I phoned my contact in the Gardai, I had to make sure that he was
actually sending out his vile wares. I scped the partial dumpfile onto
my laptop, and opened it up in ethereal. Guess what?
The fact that a spammer can log into a website that redirects him to a server that has a program that will send out thousands of emails in a
matter of minutes is astounding.
The early problems spammers had was finding a source to send the spam from. If a source, (or connection, ip, ect) is found or reported to be
sending massive amounts of email, its flagged and blacklisted on a group of networks. The blacklisted networks will stop recieving and data from that
host for 48 hours. Meaning the spammer couldnt spam again for 48 hours from his original address. Also meaning say if www.yahoo.com blacklists you
for sending its host 40,000 emails in the past 4 minutes, you wont be able to send out any email from yahoo that may be legit or perform yahoo
searches, yahoo chat, ect. And since most cafe's run off one network, all the computers in the cafe wont be able to send/recieve email from yahoo...
for the next 48 hours.
Now if you had a website and a nifty program setup to send email all from source code, and loaded up a freshly purchased list of (stolen) email
addresses, and accessed and executed this nifty program from say.. oh.. any local cafe/library/college/public access.. you've opened a potential to
spam not every 48 hours, but several times a day from different locations throughout the world....
How big is the spam war? Who knows. But every single one of you that has your email crammed with dozens of spam daily can thank these guys for
shutting down cafe's and universities world wide.
Oh, and quick warning.. don't click the "Do not send me anymore emails" link on your junkmail. All that does is re-add your name to the top of the
email lists marked as an "Active" account... meaning more spam. The best thing to do is either change your address and don't ever type it when
prompted (unless you know/trust the site content), or ignore it for a long time and it will eventually be tagged and Inactive account... After 6
Discuss the Spam war.. is there anyway to stop it? Is there anyway to catch these criminals without breaking current Internet laws (if you read the
laws, you'll actually know what the cafe owner did was illegal, and will ultimatly lead to this spammers release...)... Are these spammers making
massive amounts of money unchecked!? Are the spammers apart of a larger more complex web of 'spamming corporation' much like the drug war?
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