9 out of 10 e-mails now spam

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  1. tony62

    tony62 Registered Member

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  2. ccsito

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    I know that all too well. I get hundreds of ad emails daily (usually from the same sender trying to spoof the sender information). :mad: Someone will have to find a way to make spam mailing a money losing venture in order to stop all of this useless waste of bandwidth.:thumbd:
     
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    Pardon the circular reference, but the Pharmacy Expressorator(TM) is verified to cost spammers money:

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=156251

    Hugely effective. That one targets Pharmacy Express sites. They tend to have urls that look like this (format-wise):

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    http://www.baseruijdefunkasdefunhxa.com/
    http://www.baseruinkfunqaserun.com/
    That may look like random gibberish. It's actually a sequence of generated three-character terms strung together. The same botnets used to spam everybody are also used to automatically register thousand of these domains a day. The same domains usually also host command and control centres for the botnet as evidenced in the following f-secure articles:

    http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/archive-112006.html#00001018
    http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/archive-112006.html#00001027

    My utility (above) targets the ordering system. They don't do proper real-time validation of credit cards, so I created something to place fake orders, using 100% realistic-looking, but nonetheless fake data. It definitely works. They hate this tool.

    All of this spam / bot setup is the work of Leo Kuvayev.

    Hope that is somewhat helpful. I have numerous others in the works.

    SiL
     
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    You mean that one person is responsible for spam? Hmm... I wonder what would be an appropriate penalty for creating such a monstrosity? o_O
     
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    Thew worst part is that spammers make it hard for people that need to send a high volume of legitimate email.

    If you try to run a small business out of your home with your home PC, good luck sending enough emails to your clients. Port 25 blocks and monitors make it all but impossible to send out high volumes of legitimate emails.
     
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    I should clarify: One person is responsible for the setup of that particular bot (SpamThru) and that particular setup of dns servers, infections and websites (Pharmacy Express, HealthSuite, Health Nation.) That would be Leo Kuvayev.

    All of the major spammers number only up to 14 or so. A grand total of 200 are responsible for all the spam most of us see every single day. In my opinion (but also that of others) two (2) are responsible for a great deal of the worst spam, including over 70% of the pharmaceutical and stock spam we're all seeing: Leo Kuvayev and Alex Blood / Alex Polyakov.

    Thought that definitely needed correcting.

    SiL:thumb:
     
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    Thanks for the clarification. It seems that some of the spam that we get flooded with are from overseas. I always wondered if the email links are actual company sites or just bogus businesses trying to rip you off. At least the junk mail from the Post Office is usually from a legitimate business (although there are a few cons in the mail too).
     
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