Spammers Are Due For A Surprise

Unspam Technologies has taken the first steps in tracking down spammers in the United States, with help from the ISPs. The company has filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Virginia seeking the identities of spammers under the U.S. CAN-SPAM Act and the state of Virginia's own anti-spam statue. The suit seeks damages that could potentially reach $1 billion, but Unspam said it would be happy with driving spammers out of business.

Unspam has collected 2.5 million IP addresses of spam senders and 15,000 IP addresses of crawlers using Project Honey Pot – a trap for spammers that use crawlers to sift through every page on a Website for valid e-mail addresses, and then adds these addresses to their database. Any Website operator can download the Honey Pot software, which will set up a dummy page that gives a fake, unique e-mail address to the crawlers. When spam comes in to that unique address, both the IP address of the crawler that harvested the fake e-mail address is known, and Honey Pot also scores the IP address of the sender of the spam.

The company has released what it calls the http:BL, a blacklist of the 2.5 million compromised computers (commonly referred to as zombies or bots). The users of these computers will find out they are infected and will be denied access to the home page when they visit an Apache-based site where the blacklist is installed. The 15,000 crawlers that collect and sell e-mail addresses "will be some of the first targets from this litigation. We've identified very specific targets," Matthew Prince, CEO of Unspam and Project Honey Pot. The lawsuit grants subpoena power, which the ISPs wanted. "In most cases ISPs have said we'd love to share info with you, but to make sure we're not violating privacy of members, we're rather have a subpoena," said Prince.

News source: InternetNews

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Hang on, does that mean that any normal user who has no idea about computers could be confronted with a message telling them their computer is part of a botnet? Surely lots of people won't have any idea what to do about it, and how would you get yourself removed from the blacklist anyway?

Or have i missed the point of that bit of the article?

yeah. kill'em all. but make it a slow and painful death since we all have a slow painful way if eliminating spam. still gotta go trough the list in my spam mail folder to make sure that no good emails have been filtered as bad. but it's about time someone does something about spam. i hate it, i hate it, i hate it.

Not bad at all. Now thinking of consecuences... I believe 20 years of prision is a very good way to punish each and every one of them. And not a single day less.

... okay you two has no idea how this damn system works ...
this is an indirect linked excuses to say we track everyone by multi-subpoena priv. or gov. agencies
they push the crackdown of internet by all side possible, internet 2 is far to be what you really think it is

2xSilverKnight said,
... okay you two has no idea how this damn system works ...
this is an indirect linked excuses to say we track everyone by multi-subpoena priv. or gov. agencies
they push the crackdown of internet by all side possible, internet 2 is far to be what you really think it is

I don't know what you just said, but it sure sounds like the nonsense I see written into some spam – presumably to throw off spam filters:

"Rock tweedle sharp penny throws backwards plums nearly best pounds unblown" and the like. :confused:

Octol said,

I don't know what you just said, but it sure sounds like the nonsense I see written into some spam – presumably to throw off spam filters:

"Rock tweedle sharp penny throws backwards plums nearly best pounds unblown" and the like. :confused:

dude the least thing about it the other way ..

you should know that there's a lot of average joe family with trojan-like infected pc and are sending spam without their knowledge. And that's only one thing of this story. All kind of weird connections are made sometimes, us gov. loosing 5 millions email because they would have been prosecuted for crime against humanity, at least it's more than late already ..,.