Spamhaus Joe Job Spam

Anti-spam group, Spamhaus has again become the victim of a spammer revenge attack.

Spammers have recently sent out messages that advertise the services of Spamhaus, apparently in a rather lame attempt to discredit the organization. Obviously, Spamhaus, is NOT sending the messages. The spammers apparently think that they may be able to sully the good reputation of Spamhaus by making some recipients believe that the organization is itself guilty of spamming.

This is not the first time that Spamhaus has been targeted. According to information on the Spamhaus website:

A common practice of spammers is to send out spam which fraudulently pretends to be sent 'by' anti-spam organizations such as Spamhaus. Spammers hope that some internet users may fall for the ruse and complain to the anti-spam organization. Nobody ever does, as Internet users see the paradox of an anti-spam organization 'spamming' them and realize the obvious: only spammers send spam, therefore this spam was obviously sent by a spammer angry at Spamhaus.

These attacks are not likely to fool many people. In fact, such incidents prove that groups like Spamhaus are actually making headway in the endless fight against spammers. If the spammers are trying to launch counter-attacks against Spamhause, the organization must be kicking them where it hurts.

An example of the Joe Job message:

WORKING TO PROTECT INTERNET NETWORKS WORLDWIDE
xxx realtime anti-spam protection for Internet networks, and works with Law Enforcement to identify and pursue spammers worldwide.

The SBL database is maintained by a dedicated international Spamhaus team based in 9 countries, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to list new confirmed spam issues and - just as importantly - to delist resolved issues.
The Spamhaus Exploits Block List (XBL) is a realtime database of IP addresses of illegal 3rd party exploits, including open proxies (HTTP, socks, AnalogX, wingate, etc), worms/viruses with built-in spam engines, and other types of trojan-horse exploits.

The Exploits Block List can be used by all modern mail servers, by setting your mail server's anti-spam DNSBL feature (sometimes called "Blacklist DNS Servers" or "RBL servers") to query xbl.spamhaus.org.

Use of the XBL is free for users with normal mail servers (but networks with high email traffic should see DataFeed).

You can get MUCH MORE if you contact us:

The Spamhaus Project Ltd. 50 Churchill Square, Suite 6, Kings Hill, West Malling ME19 4YU United Kingdom, Tel (+44) 0845 226 0208

posted by Brett Christensen @ 12:35 PM,

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