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Weekly spam summary on December 30th, 2006

The SMTP frontend died twice late Friday night, to my irritation. That said, this week we:

  • got 9,806 messages from 186 different IP addresses.
  • handled 15,551 sessions from 916 different IP addresses.
  • received something over 204,995 connections from at least 58,611 different IP addresses.
  • hit a highwater of at least 6 connections being checked at once.

The message count is down dramatically from last week because this week is a vacation week for the university. The connection volume is not down at all because spammers don't really take vacations.

Kernel level packet filtering top ten:

Host/Mask           Packets   Bytes          10174    529K           7322    337K         6772    406K          5738    344K          4222    203K          3418    164K          2679    135K           2279    119K          2247    123K           2205    115K

This is somewhat quieter than last week, and centrum.cz's /24 continues to drop in the league tables.

  •,, and return from last week.
  • and kept trying to send us stuff that had already tripped our spamtraps.
  • and had bad DNS.
  • and kept trying bad HELOs.

(The symmetry here is amusing but random.)

Connection time rejection stats:

  64823 total
  36173 dynamic IP
  22508 bad or no reverse DNS
   4600 class bl-cbl
    349 class bl-dsbl
    279 class bl-sdul
    202 'fairgamemail.us'
     83 class bl-njabl
     48 class bl-sbl
     38 class bl-spews
     36 cuttingedgemedia.com

Good old Cutting Edge Media. Too cutting edge to catch a clue, evidently. (Although it's more likely that they're merely uninterested in purging bouncing addresses from their mailing lists, because that would reduce their nominal value.)

What I have marked down in our records as 'fairgamemail.us' is to, which is all part of SBL27197 (a /21 for '247 Surf Net' or cpchosting, listed since October 29th) and which, judging from the DNS names, may belong to something with the inviting name of 'optindirectmail'. (They've hit us in previous weeks; I don't always bother sorting through the explicitly blocked people to boil out a nice report.)

Only two out of the top 30 most rejected IP addresses were rejected 100 times or more this week; (139 times) and (121 times). 17 of the top 30 most rejected IP addresses are currently in the CBL, 5 are currently in bl.spamcop.net, and one of them is in the SBL;, which is part of SBL41018 and SBL49194 (the former is a /24 for a spammer, the latter is a /20 for pacnet.com.mx spammer hosting as an escalation listing, both dating from December 24th).

Pretty much as usual, was not actually rejected for being on the SBL but for other stuff that we check first, in this case missing reverse DNS. Possibly I ought to promote the SBL and so on to somewhat earlier in the checking. The top actual SBL rejections were:

11 SBL38413 a /20 for ServerFlo, Inc (23 Nov 2006, although all our hits were in a /24 that is SBL37655, which was listed 12 Oct 2006)
10 SBL49248 Vietnamese webmail that is an advance fee fraud spam source (18 Dec 2006)
5 SBL49074 hijacked server sending spam (13 Dec 2006)

(Plus something that has since been removed from the SBL, so I'm not going to mention it.) |

This week, Hotmail managed:

  • 3 messages accepted, which I really suspect were all spam.
  • no messages rejected because they came from non-Hotmail email addresses.
  • 12 messages sent to our spamtraps.
  • no messages refused because their sender addresses had already hit our spamtraps.
  • 1 message refused due to its origin IP address being in the CBL.

Okay, maybe Hotmail's advance fee fraud spammers take small vacations.

And the final numbers:

what # this week (distinct IPs) # last week (distinct IPs)
Bad HELOs 594 87 1147 104
Bad bounces 72 60 117 98

There are no particularly outstanding sources of bad HELOs this week, nor any particularly clear locus of bad bounces the way there was last week. Random alphabetical usernames made up most of the bounce targets, with the leader being 'ijiefuurmcl' (five bounce attempts).

spam/SpamSummary-2006-12-30 written at 23:51:03; Add Comment

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