Spoof Spamhaus ads spammed out

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Jul 10, 2007

Mail campaign claims to promote spam fighters.

Spam-fighting organisation Spamhaus has been subjected to an attack on its reputation this week, with a sizeable campaign of spams containing promotional information about the company and the services it provides.

The 'Joe-Job' emails come from faked sender addresses and use typically nonsensical, randomly generated subject lines, but the body of the mail contains genuine information about the Spamhaus Project, gathered from its website. The messages contain no web or email addresses for Spamhaus, but appear to be an attempt to DDoS the project's Geneva-based phone lines and postbag.

The attack is the latest in a string of attacks on the organisation, including several such mail campaigns and a long-running DDoS bombardment, but is notable for the size of the spam run. Some information on attacks suffered by Spamhaus is here, and spam-watchers have blogged on the latest campaign here (at McAfee) and here (at Sophos).

Posted on 10 July 2007 by Virus Bulletin



Latest posts:

Subtle change could see a reduction in installation of malicious Chrome extensions

Google has made a subtle change to its Chrome browser, banning the inline installation of new extensions, thus making it harder for malware authors to trick users into unwittingly installing malicious extensions.

Paper: EternalBlue: a prominent threat actor of 2017–2018

We publish a paper by researchers from Quick Heal Security Labs in India, who study the EternalBlue and DoublePulsar exploits in full detail.

'North Korea' a hot subject among VB2018 talks

Several VB2018 papers deal explicitly or implicitly with threats that have been attributed to North Korean actors.

Expired domain led to SpamCannibal's blacklist eating the whole world

The domain of the little-used SpamCannibal DNS blacklist had expired, resulting in it effectively listing every single IP address.

MnuBot banking trojan communicates via SQL server

Researchers at IBM X-Force have discovered MnuBot, a banking trojan targeting users in Brazil, which is noteworthy for using SQL Server for command and control communication.

We have placed cookies on your device in order to improve the functionality of this site, as outlined in our cookies policy. However, you may delete and block all cookies from this site and your use of the site will be unaffected. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to Virus Bulletin's use of data as outlined in our privacy policy.