Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Perimeter

11/13/2008
03:54 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

My Spammers Didn't Get the Memo That They Were Toast

It has been a week that seemed like the good guys might finally be winning -- something -- in the cybercrime war. First, there were reports of a 65-plus percent drop in spam volume after a Web hosting firm known for hosting botnets, spammers, and child pornography was taken down. Then the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on Wednesday finally

It has been a week that seemed like the good guys might finally be winning -- something -- in the cybercrime war. First, there were reports of a 65-plus percent drop in spam volume after a Web hosting firm known for hosting botnets, spammers, and child pornography was taken down. Then the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on Wednesday finally terminated domain hosting provider EstDomains, which is notorious for harboring spammers and malware writers.

But I'm having trouble celebrating.That's because a few minutes ago, I received an e-card greeting from none other than "root." (I've gotten so much spam from "root" that I think he/she may now be in my contacts list.) And an inordinate amount of spam has been slipping past both my company's filter and my junk mail filter during the past few days. Yesterday, I even received my first sophisticated phishing email -- purportedly from my 401K provider.

Apparently, no one told my spammers, phishers, and botnet herders that the jig was up.

Now, I know better than to get my hopes up, even with security and antispam experts this week breathlessly reporting record dips in worldwide spam volumes just after McColo went dark. I haven't taken an account today on pharma spam sent to our message board to see if EstDomains' demise has made a difference. Maybe my spammers and bot herders don't run off McColo or EstDomains.

We've been down this road before. Think of the multiple "spam kings" who have been busted by law enforcement. Did you notice any difference in spam volumes during those high-profile arrests? The reality is that spammers, sketchy registrars, and botnet operators are known for their agility in relocating and setting up shop elsewhere once they're found out. We may get a breather where we can toast the death of one cybercrime operation, or enjoy a little less spam for lunch (some of us, anyway), but this is a battle that likely will never truly be won.

But, in the meantime, if you're one of the lucky ones with a cleaner inbox or email server, bask in it while you can. As Chris Barton, a research scientist at McAfee, blogged today: "Enjoy the lower load averages while they last..."

- Kelly Jackson Higgins, Senior Editor, Dark Reading

Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Executive Editor of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Email This  | 
Print  | 
RSS
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Navigating Security in the Cloud
Diya Jolly, Chief Product Officer, Okta,  12/4/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
All Videos
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: "The security team seem to be taking SiegeWare seriously" 
Cartoon Archive
Current Issue
Navigating the Deluge of Security Data
In this Tech Digest, Dark Reading shares the experiences of some top security practitioners as they navigate volumes of security data. We examine some examples of how enterprises can cull this data to find the clues they need.
Back Issues | Must Reads
Flash Poll
Rethinking Enterprise Data Defense
Rethinking Enterprise Data Defense
Frustrated with recurring intrusions and breaches, cybersecurity professionals are questioning some of the industrys conventional wisdom. Heres a look at what theyre thinking about.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2012-1114
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-05
A Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists in LDAP Account Manager (LAM) Pro 3.6 in the filter parameter to cmd.php in an export and exporter_id action. and the filteruid parameter to list.php.
CVE-2012-1115
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-05
A Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists in LDAP Account Manager (LAM) Pro 3.6 in the export, add_value_form, and dn parameters to cmd.php.
CVE-2012-1592
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-05
A local code execution issue exists in Apache Struts2 when processing malformed XSLT files, which could let a malicious user upload and execute arbitrary files.
CVE-2019-16770
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-05
A poorly-behaved client could use keepalive requests to monopolize Puma's reactor and create a denial of service attack. If more keepalive connections to Puma are opened than there are threads available, additional connections will wait permanently if the attacker sends requests frequently enough.
CVE-2019-19609
PUBLISHED: 2019-12-05
The Strapi framework before 3.0.0-beta.17.8 is vulnerable to Remote Code Execution in the Install and Uninstall Plugin components of the Admin panel, because it does not sanitize the plugin name, and attackers can inject arbitrary shell commands to be executed by the execa function.