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Zombie trick expected to send spam sky-high


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#1 KoanYorel

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 09:18 AM

" Spam levels are about to skyrocket, according to experts who warned this week that spammers have developed a new way of delivering their wares."Published: February 2, 2005, 11:25 AM PST By Dan Ilett and Jim Hu Special to CNET News.com "According to the SpamHaus Project--a U.K.-based antispam compiler of blacklists that block 8 billion messages a day--a new piece of malicious software has been created that takes over a PC. This "zombie" computer is then used to send spam via the mail server of that PC's Internet service provider. This means the junk mail appears to come from the ISP, making it very hard for an antispam blacklist to block it. "
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Posted 04 February 2005 - 11:23 AM

This is potentially a very serious problem.
1. People tend to trust emails apparently from their ISP.
2. The use of bots could increase the use of bandwidth on the internet.
3. The ISPs may drastically limit the number of messages allowed to each legitimate user.

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 05:12 PM

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E-mail meltdown claims take heat

Published: February 4, 2005, 9:55 AM PST
By Dan Ilett
Special to CNET News.com

"Security vendors have accused antispam experts at SpamHaus of hyping a trick that allows spammers to take advantage of ISP mail servers."

"Earlier this week, Steve Linford, director of the SpamHaus Project, warned that e-mail infrastructures were on the verge of collapse because of a new worm....

But some antispam providers, which claim to be able to solve the problem with their products, have attacked Linford over his comments."


Complete article at CNET News
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