We never saw these problems when we were connecting to the internet via a high-speed 1200 baud modem.
A most entertaining piece of threat research from Check Point gives a unique insight into the "working" life of a Nigerian email spammer who made thousands of dollars from stolen credit cards alone in recent years. The scammer in question, whose true identity was known to Check Point, was by day "a leader, a content creator, …
Tuesday 17th March 2020 15:09 GMT Martin an gof
We never saw these problems when we were connecting to the internet via a high-speed 1200 baud modem
Oh blimey, but I did. Or at least, I did a few years later when it was a 33k6 modem. (in my 1200/75 days it was BBSes only).
Some eejit had used my demon.co.uk domain as a fake "from:" address in some spam, and for a week I was getting - quite literally - thousands of bounces a day, some genuine replies. Bear in mind that I was downloading this little lot with SMTP on an Acorn RiscPC at the time. Demon's basic webmail service was creaky too.
It was the push which made me find and configure a POP3 client so that I could just delete the things on the server - still had to do some filtering to try to make sure genuine email didn't get deleted as well. Fortunately the spammer was using random names before the "@" - and it took a couple of weeks to get properly stable again.
It happened again not long later, just after we installed ADSL. Demon's ADSL service didn't do SMTP delivery so by now I was permanently POP3 and the higher speeds meant I could cope a bit better.
Nowadays I look at mail.log on my mail server and wonder how I can possibly diagnose my own connection problems when there are so many miscreants "knocking on the door" and clogging up the log file.
There's nothing new.
Tuesday 17th March 2020 19:23 GMT Mike the FlyingRat
Tuesday 17th March 2020 15:22 GMT Pascal Monett
Respectable and beloved by his colleagues - by day
But a criminal by night, with an oversized ego which got in the way of his thinking clearly.
It is rather obvious that, if you are partaking in criminal activity, you do not go to the police in order to avenge yourself of a (perceived) slight - at least, you don't put your own name in the fray.
I'm sure he was generally smart, but he blew a fuse on that last move. Serves him right anyway, criminal scum that he is. He stole from hundreds, if not thousands, of people - people who likely could ill afford his activities. I hope he is made to repay every cent to the people he stole from.
Tuesday 17th March 2020 16:30 GMT Chris G
Tuesday 17th March 2020 16:42 GMT Anonymous Coward
> The scammer made $100,000 over seven years, which compares very favourably with Nigeria's average annual salary of between $5,000 and $6,000.
So roughly 2-3 times average salary - maybe 1.5 times when you factor in how much had to go back to his boss. In return there's the risk of jail and subsequent long-term unemployability. Not to mention blackmail by former associates etc. Hardly seems worth it.