Unsuspecting Computer Users Relay Spam
from the more-spam-problems... dept
There have been more and more stories like this one popping up lately, of spammers using viruses and trojan horses to send their spams from computers that they don't own - thereby making it nearly impossible to track them down (while also putting all the blame on someone innocent). One person in the article suggests that 200,000 computers have been hijacked for this purpose. The owners of the hijacked computers usually have no idea until they get a message from their ISP accusing them of spamming. The article also gets into the issue of open proxy servers, which often lead to these sorts of hijackings - and how ISPs like AOL and Road Runner are dealing with them. AOL is now blocking all mail from open proxy servers and Road Runner is actively probing anyone who emails them to see if they're running an open proxy server.