Antispam Spammer Gets Spammed Out of Business

We pretty much knew this was going to end in tears when we first heard of antispam company Blue Security’s scheme to start spamming spammers. The idea was technically sound: market a software that automatically floods addresses associated with spammers with millions of emails, shutting down their servers and spam capabilities.

Unfortunately, you can’t beat the spammers at their own game. After a few early successes, Blue Security ticked off the wrong Russian, who launched a DDoS attack through thousands of computers to shut down Blue Security as well as numerous ISPs. Then he issued the company an ultimatum: Blue Security closes its doors, or the next attack includes a virus.

Of course, if the spammer had gone through with that, you know who’d be sued: Blue Security. So the company has now left the anti-spam arena with its tail between its legs. They are currently looking for a new way to use their anti-spam spamming technology to help beleaguered customers. Hey, Blue Security! How about a device that allows us to automatically funnel junk mail back to the companies that keep sending it to us?

Antispam advocate succumbs to spammer [News.com]

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  1. It’s sad commentary that Blue Security could be liable for the actions of a Russian Hacker whom they are in direct conflict with…So much for justice.

    Blue Security should claim a moral victory. ^_^

  2. Mister Mau says:

    I’ve been toying with an idea for this for a while now. Let me know what you guys think.

    This would have to work as a Thunderbird Extension or something but here goes.

    You spoof a “This mailbox no longer exists” message back to the server that sent the original message. The biggest issue is that I don’t know much about spammer methodologies. Do they remove “inactive” accounts from their lists?

    Will it work? Someone want to code that up for me?

  3. Jesse says:

    Check out Spamfire for the Mac. In addition to being a spam-filtering program, it also includes a handy “get revenge” feature.

  4. ikes says:

    “It’s sad commentary that Blue Security could be liable”

    No, what’s sad is that Blue Security had no qualms about shifting the attack onto Six Apart. The best analogy i read concerning this is that it’s like if your basement was flooding and you hooked a hose up to divert the water into your neighbor’s basement.

    It’s also sad that Blue Security saw nothing wrong with this (and still didn’t even after thousands of blogs were put out of comission) since they feel they are waged in some kind of spam holy war and that, whatever the outcome of their actions, they are always in the right and clear.

  5. prodigal says:

    Re: Junk mail, I heard once that if you send in the “postage paid” envelopes empty, instead of containing your credit card application/cease and desist order, the company has to fork out for postage. Apparently, they’re only billed if the envelope is posted. If enough people did this, it could get very expensive for their marketing departments.

  6. ikes, If your analagy holds true, why would a Russian Hacker go to such trouble to fight Blue Security? It must have been effective.