Compromised Home Computers Used To Hide Spamvertised Sites
from the getting-worse dept
There have been plenty of stories about how spammer and hackers have been teaming up to install trojan horse programs on thousands of home computers, but it’s been a little unclear what some of them are being used for. There are stories of how they’re being used as open proxies to send out spam, and others where the computers are actually hosting porn or other spamvertised content. The latest scam is that the trojans are being used to confound tracing tools to track down where a spamvertised site is hosted. One popular anti-spam technique is to track down the location of spamvertised sites and get them knocked offline. By making it impossible to determine the actual IP address of the site, it means that spammers can host the sites at popular hosting sites (even the most “antispam” ones around) and not worry about being kicked off. The article also points out that spammers are getting nastier with things like this because out of work hackers – who used to hate spammers – are being drawn by the reports of spam money.