Blue Security stops anti-spam operations

By Derek Sooman on May 18, 2006, 6:07 PM
Blue Security has been forced to stop all anti-spam operations, after a series of attacks against the company by an angry spammer, which included full blown distributed denial-of-service attacks. The company was behind the Do Not Intrude Registry and the BlueFrog service, which allows users to fight back against spammers by spamming them back, but has now been forced to stop after a mysterious hacker kept attacking Blue Security.

The series of tough DDoS attacks completely took out Blue’s site and service, and additionally caused problems for millions of bloggers who host their blogs with Six Apart Ltd's Typepad and LiveJournal services. Seemingly this was all the work of "PharmaMaster" - a hacker of what is believed to be Russian origin. The hacker spammed Blue's users, threatening to spam them further unless they uninstalled BlueFrog and quit the service. Finally, PharmaMaster began some devastating DDoS attacks.

"After recovering from the attack, we determined that once we reactivated the Blue Community, spammers would resume their attacks," Blue said in a letter to its members. "We cannot take the responsibility for an ever-escalating cyber war through our continued operations."

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Spike said:
This really is some bad news, but isn't really all that suprising. Sadly, it only goes to show who ultimately controls the internet at the moment, and it isn't any given government or corporation - it's the very people that all internet users would very much prefer not to exist at all.
Didou said:
I remember seeing a friend's PC the other day. It was running XP with service pack 2 & the Windows update was showing up int he system but he never clicked on it. When he was away, I clicked on it & I think it counted more then a hundred updates available to install. When you have loads of people like practicaly breaking themselves in two to give their machines as a spam bot, you shouldn't be surprised.It's the Internet highway, so people should be required to pass exams before setting a virtual foot on the highway IMO. Maybe they would take certain things a bit more serious then.
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