Friday, 13 April 2007

Chatroom Pimping: New Spam Technique

Interesting spam from Taiwan. Just a single line containing a link to a Skype chatroom. What caught my eye was the chatroom subject embedded in the link:

Special price of the wrist-watch

Random thoughts:

  • Clearly what's going on here is the need for spammers to remove as much Bayesianable text as possible from their messages.
  • There probably needs to be a way that we can report these to Skype so they can quickly take 'em down. Spamcop doesn't work -- Skype is refusing abuse complaints.
  • Presumably if you were foolish enough to join the chat, you'd get bombarded with ads. for fake Rolexes and the like. Possibly also a vector for malware.
I was foolish enough, but the host was offline. Watch this space for updates on what happens...

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