October 14, 2003

Tonight Live: Its Cold in Hell and MORE SPAM

Jeff Gerhardt writes "Tonight Live: Its Cold in Hell and MORE SPAM (bloody Vikings) >> on The Linux Show!!
Tuesday, October 14th, 2003, from Chicago IL the Home of THE CUBS. Tonight LIVE on www.thelinuxshow.com.

At 6pm pt, 7pm mt, 8pm ct, and 9pm et.... Kevin Hill, Arne Flones, Doc
Searls, Russ Pavlicek AND Jeff Gerhardt are all back live tonight. We have an interesting (albeit short)
show lined up for tonight.

Segment One- The News. We will cover THE HOT NEWS of the
week including: Winged Spawn of Hell seen flying over Chicago wearing scarves and gloves,
is it over for SCO, COOL Linux Games, Important FCC news, LOTS ON SPAM, a clueless
pundit or two........ and way more.

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Segment Two- SPAM SUCKS- and what to do about it

Last wek we said that we were going to talk about our adventures with Spam over the last
couple weeks and we ran out of time. A number of people have requested that we go ahead and
do that segment tonight. So in light of the email we will have our previously scheduled conversation
on what we are up against in this era of unrestricted SPAM, and what we are doing to deal with
the explosion of spam.

A couple days before our show 2 weeks ago, a SPAM program being distributed on the Internet
had our domain (thelinuxshow.com) in its database of suggested outgoing domains to use
with a bulk email list. This file could also be used with a Trojan that can co-opt
other computers and convert them into SMTP relay boxes all with spoofed outgoing domains.
Within short order there were dozens of (primarily newbies) of people out there on the
Internet, that were using our domain, and dozens more that were being used as a relay.

During the course of last couple weeks we spent 21 man hours contacting ISPs round the world
using standard abuse methods and in some cases a threat of retribution. In some cases
we also contacted the FBI for fraud. I want to thank all those ISPs around the world
that helped to plug up the holes in the dam.

So, tonight we thought we would relate the story to you, the techniques we used to
solve the issue, and an open discussion on our favorite Spam tools.

If you are in a band or represent an artist, please contact
us ASAP to be added to our play list.

Please join us on the show, and check our IRC Chat
(irc.thelinuxshow.com #linuxshow).

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