The Spam Diaries

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

Monday, June 19, 2006

Blog spammer tracked to Austria

(Via Spam Huntress). Blogger Peter Forret tracks down a spammer who hit his blog with over 2600 posts. Read his story in Meet Mark Hostetler, spammer from Austria; this article could serve as a tutorial on tracking spammers.

To summarize: The spams all pointed to domains registered in Belgium. A check of the .be whois database showed them to be registered to "Pikod Darek" of Poland. The sites themselves are hosted by spam-friendly isp The Planet. The sites are simple redirectors which send the user to http://www.find.fm/?aid=4077, which in turn is owned by Mark Hostetler who also owns Cashwebsearch.com and Peakclick.com.

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