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Just like the old days
« on: May 27, 2010, 12:00:10 AM »
Just like the old days

<p>You may have noticed that <span class="domain">spamnation.info</span> has been a little difficult to access for the last couple of days. This was because the host that it lives on came under a sustained DDoS attack from a botnet. I don't yet know which botnet was involved or whether <span class="domain">spamnation.info</span> was the target of the attack. We share space with several other sites that publish information about various kinds of Internet crime, any one of which could be a target for attacks by angry criminals.</p>

<p>The last time spamnation.info was hit by a DDoS, the attack was launched from the Storm Worm/Zhelatin botnet, apparently by someone who was upset that we were publishing a record of stocks advertised by spam. It's probably just a coincidence that this new attack comes at the time when the Storm Worm has resurfaced, and there have been two relatively high-volume stock spam runs of a kind that we haven't seen since the Useltons and Alan Ralsky went down. But it does give me an odd feeling of 'everything old is new again'.</p>

<p>Steps have been taken, defenses have been strengthened, and we're back on the air. Thanks, as ever, go to our friends in high places who make it possible for <span class="domain">spamnation.info</span> to continue to exist in the face of this type of attack.</p>



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