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Old December 4 2010, 08:56 AM   #1
23skidoo
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Location: Fifth Circle of Hell
I just got spam-bombed!

What fun! Some half-wit real estate guy in England, just hit me with 320 copies of the same spam - in less than 30 minutes. 300 of them arrived in the space of 10 minutes alone! Oh joy!

I decided to let my reporter instincts kick in. I found the guy's phone number and even located his house/home office on Google Street View, but perhaps not surprisingly he didn't pick up his phone when I called! Normally I wouldn't do this, but a) it was annoying to encounter this at midnight and even with the spam filter set to max I have no idea what I might wake up to and b) the guy actually appears to be a legit business rather than some anonymous hacker in his mom's basement in Moscow. If I wake up tomorrow to find thousands of emails plugging my in-box, I've already got the local police phone number jotted down. I'll ask them to politely knock on the fellow's door...

Mind you, this morning I actually got a telemarketer calling from India to give me his real name and phone number and he told me how he got my phone number (low-tech - they found my listing in the phone book. Guess who's going unlisted again next week?) So maybe the people doing this crap are getting dumber. I don't know.

So what's the worst spam attack you've ever endured?

Alex
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Old December 4 2010, 12:28 PM   #2
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Re: I just got spam-bombed!

Different person, but this should make you happy:

A Russian man accused of running a global e-mail spam network that was at times responsible for sending a third of global spam has pleaded not guilty in a U.S. federal court, the BBC said on Saturday.

Oleg Nikolaenko, the 23-year-old resident of the town of Vidnoye, south of Moscow, is thought to be behind the notorious Mega-D network, comprising more than 500,000 infected computers.

The network, capable of sending up to 10 billion spam letters a day, was crippled late last year by the FireEye network security company.

Nikolaenko is charged with violating the U.S. anti-spam law, the CAN-SPAM Act, by falsifying information in commercial e-mail messages and sending a minimum of 2,500 spam e-mails per day.


http://en.rian.ru/world/20101204/161623252.html
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Old December 4 2010, 06:32 PM   #3
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Re: I just got spam-bombed!

you wouldn't have got an answer when you phoned him, it was before 8AM. no estate agent's open that early.
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Old December 4 2010, 08:30 PM   #4
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Re: I just got spam-bombed!

One time many years ago I got repeated spam mails to my business email and the doofus wouldn't stop when I politely asked to be dropped from his list.

Unfortunately for him I was setting up and testing an email server, so I wrote a script to bombard him with a half-million replies over a few days.

.... didn't hear from him again after that....
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