Unusual spam

We got some very odd spam to one of our spamtraps a few days ago.

It spamvertised a website hosted by Earthlink. So, I forwarded it to their abuse department (via SpamCop). After a quick to-and-fro, they confirmed that they’ve disconnected the website in question.

It’s a weird one, this. The original message seemed to be trying to
stir up fear about tsunami in Scotland, of all places. Should Nick Shelness be worried?

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL WARNING!

A huge 300 ft. high ocean wave is moving towards Scotland.

Edinburgh and many other cities are in a real danger.

Approximate wave moving speed is 700 km/h.

Earthlink hosts the websites tsunamidanger.com and danger-tsunami.com, which appear to be a ripoff of a Canadian government site. USENET groups also show signs of this being targetted at the Japanese and Australians.

Very strange. Possibly the site has a more malicious intent, exploiting an
IE security hole, but I wasn’t about to try opening it in an
unpatched IE to find out.

Anyway, the reply from Earthlink last night said:

The customer/account that was used in this spam has been identified and the account was secured.

Score one tiny victory…

One Trackback

  1. By Richi'blog on December 6, 2004 at 5:46 AM

    Earthlink: I take it all back

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