Posts Tagged ‘mega-d’

Bug Report

Posted: Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Posted by dcawley.

Dear Spammer Technical Support, I’d like to submit a bug report for your recent spam run. We’re usually entertained with hilarious Subject lines and bizarre message content but your latest offering was quite poor. The Subject line of the message was $DIKSBJ and the body simply contained $DIKBODY and $DIKLINK along with a short text string. So it seems the variables in your configuration template are not being substituted correctly. I’ve attached a screen shot for you to view. I realize you sent this via the Mega-D (aka Mega-Dik) Botnet so I can understand the $DIKSBJ choice of parameter name but it’s just not that interesting. Perhaps if it’s not a bug in your software, you might educate the user renting out your bots, on how to configure it properly. After all, they’re probably already paying you large amounts of money for the service. Here are recent examples of Subject […]

Political Spam – Georgia Conflict

Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2008
Posted by dcawley.

I thought it worth discussing the spam e-mails being sent related to the conflict in Georgia. So far, our spam traps show two very different types of spam mailings related to the issue which appear to have very different purposes. The most recent messages I’ve seen are in German and originate from the Cutwail botnet. Typically spam messages are used to promote a product or aim to infect even more machines. Interestingly, in this case it’s neither – it’s a political message which actually links to a youtube video of a Fox News broadcast. The Subject line is “Wahrheit uber Goergien Konflikt” which translates as the “Truth about Georgia Conflict”. It makes claims that YouTube have manipulated the visitor numbers so that the video isn’t popular (which I doubt). It goes on to state that we are not “media puppets” and we are opposed to “propaganda in the media” and […]

Post #2 on Why Spam Filters Suck “trickle blog” series

Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2008
Posted by d.liao.

Prohibition Induces “Botlegging” Spamming is a “tragedy of the commons,” in which a finite resource (our time and attention) is abused at low cost by a minority (the spammers). Like many such tragedies in our human history, prohibition has been seen as the quick fix. Classic targets of prohibitionism include alcohol, drugs, and gambling. The idea is simple really. Stop spammers from profiting by making the actions illegal, enforceable and a harmful choice to the culprit. However, this kind of law is difficult to enforce. In 2003, American legislators passed the CAN-SPAM Act (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing). CAN-SPAM made it illegal to send unsolicited bulk email with a deceiving subject line and forced legitimate senders to identity themselves with a full mailing address. So why then, does spam volume continue to rise despite an increased adoption of spam blocking mechanisms worldwide? Several years have passed and […]