As the use of blackhole lists increased, many spammers
switched to "zombie machines" (computers that have been taken over by a hacker, often through a trojan infection) so that the origin of the spam was not on a blackhole list.
Italy has enacted tough anti-spam legislation which can land persistent spammers
in jail for up to three years with heavy fines, and Australia is introducing tough legislation which bans marketing of e-mail address lists and fines spammers
up to $1.
steal other people's resources: bandwidth, server capacity, whois databases, netadmin time, time spent deleting.
must also include a working opt-out mechanism for 30 days after the transmission of the spam.
When notorious spammer
Alan Ralsky boasted about his brand new $740,000 home in the pages of his local newspaper, he probably did not expect to be tracked down and given a taste of his own medicine.
Not satisfied with using the e-mail and Messenger systems, spammers
are also sending text solicitations to cell phones and faxes, neither of which utilities, I am happy to say, I use.
That will attract attention and force the industry to better protect its systems while making it nearly impossible for spammers
to find a safe haven.
According to a report by Blue Security, spammers
and phishers are using so-called "registration attacks" and "password reminder attacks" to build wide-ranging profiles of online users.
LashBack also uses the information it gathers on the illegal activities of spammers
to work with the Federal Trade Commission and anti-spam organizations worldwide to find and punish spammers
for their criminal activities.
Those ever-crafty spammers
have found new ways into the e-mail accounts of the world.
These techniques are not very useful against the modern spammer
since their email addresses, subject lines and message content are constantly changing.
Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford law professor and the author of Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, believes the problem is enforcement, and his proposal is for the government to pay a bounty to any geek who can track down and identify a spammer
Experts preach some important dos and don'ts when it comes to dealing with spam that is driving you nuts: assume mall from any unknown sender is spam, choose an ISP with a stated anti-spam policy, do not threaten spammers
by return e-mail, do not "unsubscribe" from a spammer
's list (this tells them your address is a good one and you will probably just get more spam), use a good anti-spam program, be careful when you, give your e-mail address to a listserve system (eBay is probably okay, Fred's GetRichQuick probably is not) and finally, disguise your email address if you make postings to newsgroups.
Youngblood and her team determined that the spam originated from a single spammer
or group of spammers
, and in August 2003, EarthLink filed a lawsuit against "John Does" 1 - 25, aka the Alabama Spammers
And, most notably, it reveals the identity of the spammer