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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Hello (Your Name Here), If you send emails on our behalf, I ask that you refrain from sending them tomorrow in accordance with the message below. Thank you! *************8 Marketers Asked to Suspend Activity on National Day of Mourning The Direct Marketing Association is calling on its members to refrain from making marketing calls and sending commercial e-mails to consumers on June 11, 2004, which has been designated as a national day of mourning in memory of President Ronald Reagan. "We are calling on marketers to consider the mood of the country on this day of national mourning," said H. Robert Wientzen, president and CEO of the DMA, in a statement. "Indeed, many member companies have already indicated to us that they plan to refrain from calling or sending commercial e-mail on that day. Businesses should keep in mind the thoughts of consumers and the reputation of the industry," Wientzen continued. "If members do conduct a campaign, they should do so with the utmost caution and respect on this solemn day of remembrance." <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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    I could go for a No Spam - National 10-Years of Mourning...

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    LOL at the DMA. Some Friggin e-mailing members of that spam farming organization are hooked into the Russian and Asian mobs and cybercriminals.

    ZDNet UK
    June 08, 2004, 18:20 BST

    As hardcore criminals step up their spamming, experts believe that nine out of 10 of all emails may soon be unsolicited junk

    Organised criminals based in Russia are fuelling the rise in the amount of spam sent over the Internet, according to a leading opponent of junk mail.

    Steve Linford, director of The Spamhaus Project, warned on Tuesday that these gangs are supplying US-based spammers with details of compromised PCs that can be used to send out their unsolicited commercial messages, and creating viruses that will create more of these open proxies.

    "There is a new level of criminality in the spamming world," Linford told the Openwave Messaging Anti-Abuse conference in London. "Russian gangs are creating viruses and proxies and selling them onto US spammers."

    According to Linford, these Russian gangs aren't constrained by any anti-spam or cybercrime laws in their home country and have no respect for legislation implemented in other countries. They work closely with legitimate e-mail fronts to backdoor spam messaging to those on their OPt-In permission lists.

    Linford also told the conference that some 70 percent of spam is sent from China by American spam outfits who are hosting their servers with Chinese ISPs. In many cases the spammers have set up firewalls so that the ISPs can't actually see what's being hosted.

    "We keep battling with Chinese ISPs who don't understand what we are complaining about," said Linford, whose organisation run a number of blacklists in an attempt to prevent spammers sending their wares out onto the Web.

    Estimates vary for the extent of the spam problem, with MessageLabs reporting on Tuesday that 76 percent of the emails it scanned in May were spam -- a greater percentage than ever before.

    Linford, who was scathing about the anti-spam laws that have been brought in by the British and American governments, believes that this trend will probably continue.

    "While the UK and US put the concerns of the direct marketing industry ahead of the interests of citizens, this problem will continue to get worse. Unless things change drastically, we predict that 80 percent of email will be spam by December this year, and it's very likely to go to 90 percent by this summer," Linford warned.
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    followup on spam fighters....

    Spam fighters are gaining vital clues in the battle to keep in-boxes clean of junk mail by infiltrating spammer clubs.

    Online spammer forums like the Pro Bulk Club the Bulk Club and bulkmails.org have been gatecrashed by activists from organisations like Spamhaus. Steve Linford of Spamhaus said spammers know this already but they don't know who amongst their number is working for the other side. In theory the members-only forums of these sites is accessible only by invitation and only to individuals who have a proven track record in spamming. Apart from playing with the paranoia of spammers, the undercover investigation cast light on the latest spammer techniques.

    Instead of using open mail relays or unscrupulous hosts (so-called 'bullet-proof' hosting - in reality, ISPs in developing countries who pull the plug on spammers when enough complaints are received by their upstream provider), spammers are using compromised machines to get their junk mail out. Viruses such as My-Doom and Bagle surrender the control of infected machines to hackers. This expanding network of infected, zombie PCs can be used either for spam distribution or as platforms for DDoS attacks, such as those that many online bookies have suffered in recent months.

    Trade in PCs for DDoS attacks typically happens in more anonymous IRC channels, but spammers are tapping into the same resource.

    Lists of virus-infected PCs ('fresh proxies' in spammer parlance) are commonly traded in spammer clubs along with spamware (bulk mailing software), according to Linford. He explained that software like Dynamic Mail Sending is specifically designed to send spam through proxies.

    "This software rotates through a list of addresses, perhaps sending 10,000 messages from each machine," Linford explains. Spamhaus has established an Exploit Black Lists of compromised hosts, often broadband users, but the latest spam software checks this and goes on the next address if a machine is blacklisted. "With thousands of machines on a list its easy to abandon a few," said Linford.

    He explained that traders sell lists, which they try to clean using automated software, to many people. The lists aren't generally exclusive. PCs compromised by MyDoom and the like contact their authors by email or over IRC.

    "People selling these fresh proxies are either the virus writers themselves or someone very close to them. I don't know how ties between spammers and virus writers was first forged but there is clearly a strong link there," he added.

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    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/05..._zombie_trade/

    The arrest of the suspected author of the Phatbot Trojan could lead to valuable clues about the illicit trade in zombie PCs. The arrest of the alleged Phatbot perp was overshadowed by the unmasking of the admitted Sasser author, Sven Jaschan. But the Phatbot case may shed the mostlight into the dark recesses of the computer underground.

    Phatbot is much less common than NetSky but is linked much more closely with the trade in compromised PCs to send spam or for other nefarious purposes. Viruses such as My-Doom and Bagle (and Trojans such as Phatbot) surrender the control of infected PCs to hackers. This expanding network of infected, zombie PCs can be used either for spam distribution or as platforms for DDoS attacks, such as those that many online bookies have suffered in recent months. By using compromised machines - instead of open mail relays or unscrupulous hosts - spammers can bypass IP address blacklists.

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    Information Security 2004 Investigators are piecing together the complex relationships between the virus writers, middlemen and criminal gangs held largely responsible for the growth of spam in recent months.

    Viruses such as My-Doom and Bagle surrender the control of infected machines to hackers. This expanding network of infected, zombie machines can be used either for spam distribution or as platforms for DDoS attacks, such as those that many online bookies have suffered in recent months. By using compromised machines - instead of open mail relays or unscrupulous hosts - spammers can bypass IP address blacklists.

    The IP addresses of compromised machines are traded over IRC networks by either the virus authors themselves or middlemen with payments directed towards anonymous online accounts or (less frequently) via Western Union money transfers. In February German magazine c't reported how it was able to buy access to infected machines - commonly described in the parlance of spammers as "BotNets" - from virus writers. The value of the BotNet market remains unclear but the problem is growing and police investigations, assisted by anti-spam activists, into the illegal trade are taking place on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Detective Chief Superintendent Les Hynds, head of the UK's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, told El Reg: "The trade of BotNets on compromised machines is becoming an industry in itself. Organised crime is making use of this industry."

    In a conference call that accompanied the announcement of a legal crusade by the US's biggest ISPs against large scale spammers last month, legal officers described a network of middlemen, hackers, 'cut out' companies and criminals (often based in Eastern Europe) that made anti-spam investigations more difficult. The resale of compromised machines is growing more sophisticated with dealers culling lists to offer access to high-bandwidth machines at a premium or even offering trial purchases as sales promotions. Anti-spam organisations are indirectly noticing the effects of this change in sales tactics.

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    Published Wednesday 10th March 2004 20:56 GMT
    America's four leading ISPs today announced the filing of the first big lawsuits under the new federal anti-spam law, the CAN-SPAM Act.

    America Online, EarthLink, Microsoft and Yahoo! last night filed six lawsuits against hundreds of defendants, including individuals suspected of being among the US's most prolific spammers. The suits are overwhelming against unnamed defendants (only Yahoo! alone names those it's gunning for). At a press conference in Washington DC today top legal officers from AOL et al explained that federal laws allow the names of defendants to be inserted at a later stage in proceedings.

    Defendants in the civil suits (filed in federal courts in California, Georgia, Virginia and Washington state) are collectively charged with sending hundreds of millions of spam messages to customers of the four networks.

    A wide variety of products - ranging from get-rich-quick schemes, to prescription drugs, pornography, instructions for conducting spam campaigns, banned CDs, mortgage loans, university diplomas and cable descramblers - were punted in these junk messages.

    Tricks and subterfuge
    Spammers used a variety of deceptive and criminal techniques in their attempts to make sure their spam was read. These tricks included: sending spam through third-party computers to disguise their point of origin (i.e. using open proxies); falsified 'from' email addresses (spoofing); omitting a physical address in messages; and failing to include a valid unsubscribe option.

    Each trick violates CAN-SPAM. The law provides for serious penalties against large-scale spammers who use fraud, deceit and evasion to send junk email to consumers. Two in three spam messages contain deceitful elements actionable under CAN-SPAM, according to America's big four ISPs.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/03...sps_set_legal/

    The next targets are likely to be the firms which hire spammers to promote their services. Thus following the money trail points to common monitizers of spammers.

    Investigators will follow the money to bring spammers to book. US residents who operate off-shore are not beyond the reach of US law. Those who operate legit front companies, with spam backends, are the ones the ISPs warned about in a press conference today.

    Randall Boe, AOL general counsel, said his company is committed to dismantling the junk mail industry "one spam kingpin at a time if necessary.

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    Californian ISP Hypertouch is taking home improvement website BobVila.com and its marketing Ad agency to court for alleged violations of America's CAN-SPAM Act.

    This is the first legal action under the new federal anti-spam law, although several US ISPs have taken alleged spammers to court under different laws in recent months.

    Boston-based BVWebTies, BobVila.com, and its marketing firm, BlueStream Media of Sacramento, California, are both named as defendants in the suit.

    Hypertouch alleges the defendants violated the Federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 by sending Hypertouch and its customers unwanted and unsolicited email advertisements for Bob Vila's 'Home Again Newsletter'.

    Attorney John Fallat commented: "We want to send a strong message to other would-be spammers, and the companies that hire them."

    Anyone who has information about the marketing and/or business practices of BobVila.com or BlueStream Media is invited to contact attorney John Fallat at 415-457-3773 or email him at jfallat@fallat.com.

    A spokesman for www.BlueStreamMedia.com has denied any malpractice on its part. BVWebTies is yet to comment publicly. http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...ueStream+Media
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    "The bluePOP! Network:

    About the Network:
    BlueStream Media specializes in many forms of targeted online advertisement, such as banner placement, pop-ups, search engine placement and e-mail marketing. We are constantly researching new ways to improve online advertising methods and strive towards developing relationships with both clients and Internet Service Providers. We realize that through these relationships an open line of communication will develop and any problem which may arise will be resolved with immediate action.

    How the Network Works:
    Because the bluePOP! network is comprised of hundreds of sites your pop advertisement will be shown across the entire network to achieve the volume you are looking for. Whether you are looking for 500,000 impressions or 5,000,000 impressions the bluePOP! network will work in unison to accomplish your volume request.

    As soon as campaigns are ready to launch, your companies creative is place within the bluePOP! system which controls what is pop'ing on affiliate sites. From that moment, until the target volume is reached, your advertisement will pop on affiliate sites of the bluePOP! network. By using daily volume caps customers can limit the amount of impressions shown per day. So, if a customer requests 50,000 daily for a week, that advertisement will be rotated in and out daily to ensure frequency caps are observed.

    Become an affiliate of bluePOP!:
    If you own or operate one or more sites, we would like to offer you money for your traffic! Joining bluePOP! is easy and affiliate pay outs occur at the beginning of every month for the amount of impressions your site(s) generated the month prior. All affiliates are given log in information so that they can closely monitor the amount of impressions that have been generated in real-time tracking and what is pop'ing on their site. The bluePOP! network does not accept any offensive or "R" rated advertisements so damaging your site's reputation is avoided.

    To join bluePOP! simply email info@bluestreammedia.com and let us know you need a bluePOP! setup package. Setup literally takes minutes and our technicians will be there to help you every step of the way.

    Netorious e-mail spammer operation is the complete Adwhore for those sleezebags in the affilioate industry with no ehtics or scruples... http://www.bluestreammedia.com/bluepop.html

    BlueStream Media specializes in many forms of targeted online advertisement, such as banner placement, pop-ups, search engine placement and e-mail marketing. We are constantly researching new ways to improve online advertising methods and strive towards developing relationships with both clients and Internet Service Providers. We realize that through these relationships an open line of communication will develop and any problem that may arise will be resolved with immediate action.

    If for any reason one or more of our methods of removal are unavailable at the time you attempt to remove yourself, we dearly apologize and we encourage you to try again later, or simply mail us directly at the address provided under the Global Removal section to the left.

    We also would like to apologize if any of our affiliates campaigns troubled you in any way. It was never our intent to discourage your e-mail experience. If this is the case we ask that you simply remove yourself from that particular company, or remove yourself all together.

    We also are aware that some of our sales forces will contact you directly via e-mail by obtaining your webmasters e-mail addresses provided on your site. We feel that the reason a webmasters or info e-mail address is provided is to allow organizations such as ours inform you about ways to deliver your service or product to the inboxes of consumers. If this type of sales approach irritates you in any way please either disregard the e-mail or inform the sales individual you wish not to do business with BlueStream Media at this time.

    Thank you ..... We also are aware that some of our sales forces will contact you directly via e-mail by obtaining your webmasters e-mail addresses provided on your site. We feel that the reason a webmasters or info e-mail address is provided is to allow organizations such as ours inform you about ways to deliver your service or product to the inboxes of consumers.
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