Anti-spam spam?

Today we have seen a number of curious messages coming from various IP ranges used by broadband providers for home market. The messages contained an advertisement for the services of Spamhaus project:

WORKING TO PROTECT INTERNET NETWORKS WORLDWIDE
Spamhaus tracks the Internet’s Spammers, Spam Gangs and Spam Services, provides dependable realtime anti-spam protection for Internet networks, and works with Law Enforcement to identify and pursue spammers worldwide.

The SBL database is maintained by a dedicated international Spamhaus team based in 9 countries, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to list new confirmed spam issues and – just as importantly – to delist resolved issues.

The Spamhaus Exploits Block List (XBL) is a realtime database of IP addresses of illegal 3rd party exploits, including open proxies (HTTP, socks, AnalogX, wingate, etc), worms/viruses with built-in spam engines, and other types of trojan-horse exploits.

The Exploits Block List can be used by all modern mail servers, by setting your mail server’s anti-spam DNSBL feature (sometimes called “Blacklist DNS Servers” or “RBL servers”) to query xbl.spamhaus.org. Use of the XBL is free for users with normal mail servers (but networks with high email traffic should see DataFeed).

You can get MUCH MORE if you contact us:

The Spamhaus Project Ltd. 18 Avenue Louis Casai, CH-1209, Geneva, Switzerland, Tel +41225330399

Of course, Spamhaus has not resorted to the techniques used by spammers. This would be like anti-virus companies writing and distributing viruses. Spamhaus was a victim of what is known as a Joe job attack – an attack where spammers send fake emails targeted to lowering the reputation of the apparent sender of these messages. To me, this looks like a rather futile attempt to lower the world-wide anti-spam defense.