A Spammer's Vendetta

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TypePad being down recently was part of a larger ploy. An anti email spam company purportedly killed the earnings potential of a spammer, so he tried to do the same to them:

An Israeli antispam company said Thursday that a junk e-mailer's vendetta is behind attacks this week that took down its site, five hosting providers and one of the internet's largest blog networks.

"He basically bribed somebody at a top-tier ISP," said Eran Reshef, Blue Security's founder and CEO. "He was basically able to breach into the backbone of the internet."

Blue Security's site is still down, but they are using it as a marketing opportunity. Allegedly the spammer, who goes by the name PharmaMaster, sent them an instant message: "Blue found the right solution to stop spam, and I can't let this continue."

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I would kill these sons of

I would kill these sons of bitches.

still down?

still down?

He's known as CheesyMaster

... or this is just made up: "Blue found the right solution to stop spam, and I can't let this continue." Or, English isn't his first language. Bar those two that just sounds too lame and too promotional for blue security.

Hmm worth reading the other side of this story...

This article sums it all up well. BlueSecurity are pretty much emulating what Lycos tried to do with the MakeLoveNotSpam screensaver. I don't like spam anymore than the next person but a fight fire with fire approach simply ends in extra strain on the network. Ultimately resulting in the kind of retaliatory DDOS attack you saw against BlueSecurity yesterday.

The thing that deeply annoyed everyone about BlueSecurity was as the height of the DDOS attack they choose to change their A records to point to their TypePad blog - bringing an huge strain on their network and resulting in downtime for many users there. While I can understand they wanted to 'inform their users about the situation' that was rather stupid.

As one user on that link suggested, it was very much like getting a flood in your basement and solving it by putting a hosepipe into your neighbours house. Thanks.

The reason I know this much about it was that BlueSecurity was using Tucows DNS, so the DDOS service resulted in large parts of their network going down too.

At least their approach is

At least their approach is relatively novel in that it directly attacks the people who spam, rather than just ignoring it or attempting to filter it.

Going over to their houses with a few goons might work too :)

scoobysnacks

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... or this is just made up: "Blue found the right solution to stop spam, and I can't let this continue." Or, English isn't his first language. Bar those two that just sounds too lame and too promotional for blue security.

He would have got away with it if it weren't for those pesky kids....

Even better Gurtie...

He would have got away with it if it weren't for those pesky kids....

And they pull off PharmaMaster's mask to reveal...

Doug Heil

"Yes it's true, once spam was eliminated no one would listen to me. Blue found the right solution to stop spam, and I couldn't let this continue"

Now that

sounds more like it

scooby snack anyone?

scooby snack anyone?

the real way to stop email spam

All that needs to happen to stop spam is for everyone to start responding to the spam with bogus information. That will make email spam worthless, which will make it go away.

btw. This smells like a

btw. This smells like a publicity stunt.

prolly did the DoS

prolly did the DoS themselves.. or was it DDoS? Wahtever.. seurity firm using Tucows DNS.. bah humbug... just my 2 cents

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