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At 6pm pt, 7pm mt, 8pm ct, and 9pm et.... Kevin Hill, Arne Flones, Doc Searls, Russ Pavlicek AND Jeff Gerhardt are all back live tonight. We have a lively show lined up for tonight.
Segment One- The News. We will cover THE HOT NEWS of the week including: Microsoft lies, The Sun goes Down, Linux Games, Virus, spam, a clueless pundit or two........ and way more.
Segment Two- SPAM SUCKS- and what to do about it
Tonight we had a guest cancel on us. So in light of that we are going to address a topic that was high on the agenda of TLS this past week, and that is dealing with the explosion of spam.
A couple days before our show last week, a SPAM program being distributed on the Internet had our domain (thelinuxshow.com) in its database of suggested outgoing domains to use with a bulk email list. This file could also be used with a Trojan that can co-opt other computers and convert them into SMTP relay boxes all with spoofed outgoing domains. Within short order there were dozens of (primarily newbies) of people out there on the Internet, that were using our domain, and dozens more that were being used as a relay.
During the course of last week we spent 16 man hours contacting ISPs round the world using standard abuse methods and in some cases a threat of retribution. In 10 cases we also contacted the FBI for fraud. I want to thank all those ISPs around the world that helped to plug up the holes in the dam.
So, tonight we thought we would relate the story to you, the techniques we used to solve the issue, and an open discussion on our favorite Spam tools.
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