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Storm botnet used to study spam

Storm botnet used to study spam

Posted Nov 13, 2008 7:59 UTC (Thu) by ekj (guest, #1524)
Parent article: Storm botnet used to study spam

Actually, it's not reasonable to assume that everyone "entering the checkout-process" is a real buyer.

I've been known to not only enter, but even complete registration or checkout on obvious spammer-sites and phisher-sites, filling their forms with complete garbage.

So even -completing- the checkout-process is likely to overcount the number of real customers. At the very least, they should check if the person is willing to give them a real credit-card-number. (yeah, I know, there's ethical dilemmas in that, even if they don't actually charge anything)


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Storm botnet used to study spam

Posted Nov 13, 2008 12:12 UTC (Thu) by ajb (subscriber, #9694) [Link]

Huh, I wonder if the credit card companies could actually issue *real* credit card numbers for people to enter into suspicious sites, to help them trace the perps. Of course, one would have to work out exactly what should happen if someone enters one on a legitimate site.

Storm botnet used to study spam

Posted Nov 13, 2008 17:23 UTC (Thu) by dankamongmen (subscriber, #35141) [Link]

Huh, I wonder if the credit card companies could actually issue *real* credit card numbers for people to enter into suspicious sites, to help them trace the perps.
According to various speakers I've seen here at the GTISC, this precise activity goes down every day.

Prizes for users

Posted Nov 16, 2008 4:00 UTC (Sun) by dmarti (subscriber, #11625) [Link]

...and you could reward the users who help you catch a spammer with _real_ Viagra, donated by Pfizer's marketing dept., which also wants to shut down distribution of the fake stuff. (now let's see if I have enough juice on LWN to post a comment containing the V-word.)

Prizes for users

Posted Nov 16, 2008 19:06 UTC (Sun) by ris (editor, #5) [Link]

> ...and you could reward the users who help you catch a spammer with _real_ > Viagra

Doesn't seem like an incentive to me, nor many users that I know.

Rebecca


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