October 7, 2003

Tonight Live: SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM (bloody Vikings)

Jeff Gerhardt writes "Tonight Live: SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM (bloody Vikings) >> on The Linux Show!! Tuesday, October 7th, 2003, from Chicago IL. 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 a lively show
lined up for tonight.

Segment One- The News. We will cover THE HOT NEWS of the
week including: Microsoft lies, The Sun goes Down, Linux Games, Virus, spam, a clueless
pundit or two........ and way more.

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

Tonight we had a guest cancel on us. So in light of that we are going to address a
topic that was high on the agenda of TLS this past week, and that is dealing with the
explosion of spam.

A couple days before our show last week, 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 week we spent 16 man hours contacting ISPs round the world
using standard abuse methods and in some cases a threat of retribution. In 10 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).

Catch the Linux show at www.thelinuxshow.com"

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