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Spamhaus spam

Spamhaus spam

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This morning I had the distinct "pleasure" of getting spam in my inbox that was pumping the services of Spamhaus.  Here's an excerpt:


WORKING TO PROTECT INTERNET NETWORKS WORLDWIDE
Spamhaus tracks the Internet's Spammers, Spam Gangs and Spam Services, provides dependable
realtime anti-spam protection for Internet networks, and works with Law Enforcement to identify
and pursue spammers worldwide.

<snip>

The Exploits Block List can be used by all modern mail servers, by setting your mail server's anti-spam
DNSBL feature (sometimes called "Blacklist DNS Servers" or "RBL servers") to query xbl.spamhaus.org.
Use of the XBL is free for users with normal mail servers (but networks with high email traffic should see DataFeed).

You can get MUCH MORE if you contact us:


My bet is that this is a direct attack on Spamhaus.  Spammers (or possibly somebody with a grudge... I'm not naming any names here but I wouldn't be surprised) is trying to attack Spamhaus's credibility and reputation by spamming (spoofing) in their name.  How low can you get?

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  • I've had hundereds of these in the last few days too.  It does look like someone is trying to drag their name through the mud.

  • "Joe jobs" have been around for 10 years.

    As for your question, spammers are no different from politicians, used car dealers, and another famous profession which I'll decline to name because they'd all sue me.  How low they can get depends on how many numeric bits there are after the sign bit.

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