The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Monday, April 10, 2006

World Spam News

As I wrote before, it's been a very busy week in the spam world, and I've fallen a bit behind. Here's the World Spam news:

The cell phone spam problem in Korea has gotten just a little bit worse. Korea Times reports that cell phone spam is hawking phone-specific porn sites that charge prohibitively* high fees. Personally, I don't have a lot of sympathy for people who respond to spam and get burned; they're a big part of the problem in the first place. For the full story, see Novel Spam Hits Mobile Phones.

And speaking of novels, Web User News reports that Mikhail Bulgakov's book The Master and Margarita is being used as the hash buster in the latest round of penis spam. The actual spam payload is in the form of an embedded image. See article Russian novel used in sex drug spam.

Along similar lines, reports that the BBC home page has been page-jacked by spammers. Victims receive an abstract of a BBC article. The "Read More" link takes the victim to a real-looking copy of a BBC web page. The fake web page then exploits a security hole in Internet Explorer. Read BBC Being Used to Exploit IE flaw for more. What, are you still using Internet Explorer? What did I tell you about that? Now go wash your hands.

Spam Daily News reports: Four indicted in Nigerian email scam.

And even better, Sophos reports that a German-Lithuanian gang of would-be phishers were busted by German police before they even got started. The phishers were planning to launch an attack involving traditional social engineering and trojan horses. The article does not detail how the police found out about the operation before it even began, but perhaps they were tipped off by the fake bank accounts opened by the phishers. Read International phishing gang busted by police for the full story.

China seems to be making good on its promise to do something about the spam problem. China Tech News reports that Chongqing Telecom says it will cut off network access to spammers. See Chongqing Telecom Takes Measures Against Email Spam.


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