Friday, 3 December 2004

Earthlink: I take it all back

Yesterday, I implied that I was having trouble reporting a spammer to Earthlink. I take it all back now. They replied again, saying that they've disconnected the website in question.

It's a weird one, this. The original message seemed to be trying to stir up fear about tsunami in Scotland, of all places...

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL WARNING!

A huge 300 ft. high ocean wave is moving towards Scotland.
Edinburgh and many other cities are in a real danger.
Approximate wave moving speed is 700 km/h.

Please read more about this catastrophe here: www.tsunamidanger.com

Earthlink host the websites tsunamidanger.com and danger-tsunami.com, which appear to be a ripoff of a Canadian government site. USENET groups also show signs of this being targetted at the Japanese and Australians.

Weird, or what? Possibly the site has a more malicious intent, exploiting an IE security hole, but I'm wasn't about to try opening it in an unpatched IE to find out ;-)

Anyway, the reply I got from Earthlink last night said:

The customer/account that was used in this spam has been identified and the account was secured.

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