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RE: [SLUG] Some Thoughts Regarding Spam
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- Subject: RE: [SLUG] Some Thoughts Regarding Spam
- From: "Visser, Martin" <martin.visser@xxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2006 11:18:46 +1100
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- Thread-topic: [SLUG] Some Thoughts Regarding Spam
According to this article -
01739 the recent sharp increase of spam is due to a couple of new
trojans, one of which uses a peer-to-peer mechanism for it's bots.
My guess is that if the bulk of spam is being sent by bot-controlled
PCs, then in all likelihood, the prime-time will coincide when most
people are checking their email, surfing the web, etc. The bots then get
turned on and do their thing.
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From: slug-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:slug-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Robert Thorsby
Sent: Monday, 6 November 2006 10:56 AM
Subject: [SLUG] Some Thoughts Regarding Spam
I'm sure everybody has noticed the massive upsurge in spam over the last
two-three weeks. This increase in volume seems to have begun at about
the end of the NSW school holidays, but I think that their ending may be
Just watching the spam arrive, it seems to hit in waves:
1. start up time in USA (say 8.30 a.m.-ish on East Coast)
continues for some hours (start up time on West Coast?)
2. start up time in Oz (East Coast)
3. go home time for Oz kids (say 4 p.m.)
Mind you, these "waves" continue for hours.
Could it be that there is so much "phone home" activity on the average
Window$ machine at boot time that USERs (who don't have a clue anyway)
and MSCE types don't realise that something's amiss?
Of course, there are conspiracy theorists who claim that reducing the
level of spam is not in the interests of those ISPs and phone providers
that charge for traffic in both directions [no names, no pack drill].
But that surely can't be right :-)
BTW, I've posted to SLUG-main rather than SLUG-chat because spam can
never be OT on a list that itself is so heavily hammered.
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