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2003-09-29 14:27:45.104017+00 by meuon 3 comments

As an experiment, a nethead put a fresh, unpatched Winders box on the 'net, with Outlook have an address book of 100 fresh, never used, unusual e-mail addresses. In 3 hours, those addresses were getting SPAM. - I'm looking for a sacrificial machine to try this on myself right now..

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#Comment Re: Spammers=Hackers made: 2003-09-30 21:33:04.907173+00 by: meuon

Sacrificed a Win98 laptop yesterday. Got wormed 3 minutes after I opened up port 130-140 and such to that IP address..approx 3pm. The OE address book only had 5 virgin email addresses in it. They all got spammed by http://www.penispower.biz this morning between 6am and 6:15am. - Ok, so it's not 3 hours, but that's impressive. Off to re-install.. and firewall..

#Comment Re: Spammers=Hackers made: 2003-09-30 22:14:09.56681+00 by: Dan Lyke

Wow. Remember back in the days of cyberpunk when we thought it would be cool to have a network of computing resources that had independent databases, and we could send out "agents" to query each of those systems and report back interesting information to other systems, and...

Microsoft. Not just the dark dystopian side of cyberpunk.

#Comment Re: Spammers=Hackers made: 2003-10-01 15:45:21.179274+00 by: Dan Lyke

It occurred to me late last night when I'd put the computers to bed: Is there a DA in your area who'd like to campaign against SPAM? Surely whoever's grabbing the addresses is violating several state computer security laws, no matter what state you're in, being able to trace it back to a given ISP should then make it possible to go back to the person paying the bills.

If people are going after Adrian Lamo and the various virus writers, putting away a penis enlargement scammer for a couple of years should be a good coup come election time.