FROM: Alexis Lusk (email@example.com)
SUBJECT: Re: techie
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I have removed all hyperlinks from the mail since I donít want anyone to accedently click on one.
But we are going to dissect this mail and really understand what makes it tick.
1st Thing a good spammer will do is pull your email address Ex. Someone@somewhere.com They will
put a RE: then your email address in the subject. This is to signify that they are replying to a
message you sent. This is so you are you are more likely to open the message, because at this point
it is pretty well unknowable whether or not this is spam. One of the problems with spam, and the
reason why there is so much of it, is that it is so easy to create. Lets say you have a service
that you think you want to sell for $15.00. You send an email to 100 people in your personal
address book, and out of that 100 people you get 2 people to order your product you made $30.00, Now
you figure if you email 1,000 you could make $300.00 and it didnít cost you a dime.
As it turns out, there are hundreds of companies that will sell you CDs filled with millions of valid
e-mail addresses. With Microsoft Word you could easily format those addresses into lines of 100 addresses
each, and then cut and paste those lines into the "To:" field of any normal e-mail program. Every time
you push the "Send" button, which would be about once every 5 seconds, you would make $10. You would be
making something like $700 per hour.
Where does a company get millions of valid e-mail addresses to
put on a CD to sell to you, you may ask. There are a number of
The first is newsgroups and chat rooms, especially on big sites
like AOL. People (especially first-time users) often use their
screen names, or leave their actual e-mail addresses, in newsgroups.
Spammers use pieces of software to extract the screen names and
e-mail addresses automatically.
The second source for e-mail addresses is the Web itself. There
are tens of millions of Web sites, and spammers can create search
engines that spider the Web specifically looking for the telltale
"@" sign that indicates an e-mail address. The programs that do the
spidering are often called spambots.
The third source is specifically to attract e-mail addresses. For
example, a spammer creates a site that says, "Win $1 million!!! Just
type your e-mail address here!" In the past, lots of large sites
also sold the e-mail addresses of their members. Or the sites
created "opt-in" e-mail lists by asking, "Would you like to receive
e-mail newsletters from our partners?" If you answered yes, your
address was then sold to a spammer.
But probably the most famous way is a dictionary attack.
A dictionary attack utilizes software that opens a connection to
the target mail server and then rapidly submits millions of random
e-mail addresses. Many of these addresses have slight variations,
such as "firstname.lastname@example.org" and "email@example.com." The
software then records which addresses are "live," and adds those
addresses to the spammer's list. These lists are typically resold to
many other spammers.
There are companies out there that specialize in selling spam for
your business. You pay them so much and they send out thousands of
spam messages on your behalf. I call this spam-retail.
Now that you know a little about how spam works
now I will show you how to break apart the massage. You may be able
to better equip your spam filters with this information. Letís look
at the message above. It says it is from Alexis Lusk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Now I will tell you how to do some spam detective work of your own.
A web site called whois.net is a good place to start. Just enter
the name of the domain the email is coming from in the whois lookup
box. This one is registered at networksolutions.com (one of the
biggest domain resellers in the world) go to their site and type the
domain into their whois lookup. You find a data page like thisÖ..