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spam decreasing?

Postby ahoier » Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:18 pm

is it me, or is spam volumes decreasing? at least, on my side it seems to have been......granted i've been quite inactive over the past couple months....i've been slowly getting back into the swing of things and the majority of my spams seem to be deposit/419 spam....and interesting enough some oriental (japanese i think.....) porn porn has been my biggest culprit....

i don't run any honey pots though.....and since starting work, my public forum discussions have basically moved to facebook, and perhaps this could be what's caused the 'reduction' of spam on my end......since my 'name' isn't out for the spiders to scrape up as much as it was prior to me being unemployed and full time fighting spam?

do we have a reliable twitter abuse address? spamcop seems to be sending their reports to dev/null.....lol. and could only find directions on their site to report spam/posts within the site itself.....but i doo get some spam abusing the t.co url shortening service....so i've been sending them personally to their privacy@twitter address lately :X hah. they should get the message....? lol
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Re: spam decreasing?

Postby ahoier » Fri Sep 11, 2015 5:03 pm

Seems my biggest problem as of late is the chinese/japanese spam.....Google only does a mediocre job at translating lol, but some appear to be piracy related, or "DVD" based....and then dating related.

But as of late, my big contenders are the 419/nigerian spam.....I honestly, can't remember the last time I received a pharmacy, or fake/rolex type spam e-mail...

Are the spammers dieing off? :) Or is this just an isolated case? Granted, I don't operate any honeypots or anything......but from my personal accounts, this appears to be the case across the board.
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Re: spam decreasing?

Postby AlphaCentauri » Sat Sep 12, 2015 12:11 am

I've recently gotten a wave of them. It's probably all from one idiot who signed up with a lot of affiliate programs.
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Re: spam decreasing?

Postby spamislame » Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:30 pm

Hi

Spam is definitely down. At least: spam via email. There were several stories about this last year but as a subject nobody really reports about it anymore. They now only report about major losses due to hacking (banks, credit cards, retail operations, etc.) or scams.

From my own perspective my email spam is now 98% Nigerian scam and 2% phishing with really nothing else coming in to either the spam filtered inbox or any other inbox. It actually means my email is useful as a communications medium again. :)

But if you want to test things out, try this:

  • Create a brand new account on Yahoo Mail. (Specifically.)
  • Do nothing with it and don't share it with anyone.
  • Wait 2 months
  • Check that address.

Dollars to donuts you will have spam in it. Usually the most ridiculous automatically-produced pill spam.

If you create an account with a female name in the username portion, within four months you will begin receiving dating spam.

I've been able to repeat this a few times. Whoever is spamming these new, empty, unused addresses is gaining access to lists of newly-created accounts from Yahoo Mail somehow. That or doing some kind of MX scanning to verify active accounts using some sequential "brute force" means.

Yahoo is the absolute worst.

SiL / iks / concerned citizen

P.S. Forum spam appears to be down except for mostly Chinese-based counterfeit spammers. But even their volume of registrations is way down from their peak three years ago.
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