German hate mail spam attacks stuns experts

Discussion in 'malware problems & news' started by NeonWizard, Jun 13, 2004.

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  1. NeonWizard

    NeonWizard Registered Member

    Jan 17, 2004
    Mailboxes in Germany and the Netherlands were flooded yesterday with spam containing German right-wing propaganda. Spammers used the Sober.G virus - a mass mailing worm that sends itself to email addresses harvested from infected computers - to spread their messages as widely as possible.

    Analysts think the spammers may have worked in tandem with virus programmers to hijack PCs and use addresses found there to build large distribution lists. This is believed to be the first time that right wing extremists have used spamming systematically to reach a broad audience. The sheer size of the operation stunned many experts.

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  2. Pigman

    Pigman Registered Member

    May 15, 2004
    ... Wow. What a bunch of sickos. :mad:
  3. crimp

    crimp Registered Member

    Jun 16, 2004
    I've been playing with GuardPost antiSpam and anti-virus product.
    I ran the tests and it stopped all but 4. Of which I have done some research and they don't seem to be of a real issue. They were the #8, #12, #24 and #25 tests.
    As a Spam eliminator it has reduced my Spam from 100 a day to maybe 1 a week. :D
    I looked into what was included in the Guardpost appliance and they are using ClamAV (not sure of the revision) but I read that it was in the top 5 ranked anti-virus engines in the 2004 testing. (Norton got 19th and McAfee got 18th )
    Pretty cool product.
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