Name and Shame Spammers: The Spamhaus Project
Did you know that roughly 100 known professional spam gangs create 80% of all the spam aimed at Internet users in Europe and North America?Luckily for us a team of spam busters works to uncover the names, aliases and operations of these gangs. This team is called Spamhaus.
In 1998 Steve Linford founded The Spamhaus Project to follow the activities of e-mail spammers and spam-related activity. Spamhaus now has a comprehensive Regsiter Of Known Spam Operations (ROKSO) database.
Just like an FBI most wanted list Spamhaus has a top ten ranking of the most dangerous spammers that exist in the world today. These spammers have delivered devastating attacks to Internet users from all corners of the world. Spamhaus sends reports over to police authorities in the hope these troublesome gangs can be apprehended.
Updated today on 30th October 2010 here is a ranking of the world’s top 10 worst spammers.
1: Canadian Pharmacy (Ukraine) – These guys have been operating there pharmacy spam scam for many years. The operation consists of sending tens of millions of spams per day using botnet techniques.
2: Rove Digital (Estonia) – This gang uses may techniques to wreak havoc on the Web including malware, pharming, botnets, Cernel, DDoS. Inhoster, Atrivo and Esthost. All very nasty stuff!
3: Alexander Mosh / Alex Polyakov / Alex Blood / AlekseyB (Ukraine) – The specialties of all these Alex’s are botnet and child-porn spam ring, pharming and mortgage.
4: Vincent Chan / yoric.net (Hong Kong) – Mr. Chan and his Chinese buddies have been sending a plague of spam over the world for a long time. Pharming is their favourite technique and they send out massive amounts every day. Compromised computers are used to send, host and proxy hijack.
5: Peter Severa / Peter Levashov (Russian Federation) – A spammer who writes and sells virus/proxy-spamming spamware. All those nasty viruses and trojans you get some of those were probably written and sold by this guy.
6: Quick Cart Pro (United States) – The only North American spammer on the list, he sells spam-for-hire services using classic ‘snowshoe’ methods.
7: Yambo Financials (Ukraine) – I would like to punch this guy in the face he distributes child, animal, and incest porn, pirated software and pharmaceuticals.
8: Leo Kuvayev / Bad (Ukraine) – Another savory character who distributes pirated software spam, porn spam, copy-cat pharmaceuticals and porn payment collection. He also distributes viruses.
9: HerbalKing (India) – This guy sends out spams for Body Part Enhancement scams, luxury goods and porn. Pharming is another trick used by HerbalKing along with botnets.
10: Ruslan Ibragimov / send-safe.com (Russian Federation) – Mr. Ibragimov builds stealth spamware to hijack open proxies and virus infected PCs to send out massive amounts of spam.
Pharming as defined in Wikipedia is ‘a hacker’s attack aiming to redirect a website’s traffic to another…by changing the hosts file on a victim’s computer or by exploitation of vulnerability in DNS server software‘.
Spamhaus operates a great service; let’s hope they can be effective in ridding the world of spam. However, we have to face the fact that as long as the internet exists we will always have spammers. For more information about SEO defence to hostile action go to the Webandrank definition and take action.