On Monday I received a curious variant of the Nigerian bank fraud scam, apparently modified to take advantage of the emotions evoked by recent news headlines concerning human rights abuse in Sudan. The e-mail headers gave an originating IP address, which I traced using the command
whois -h whois.ripe.net 188.8.131.52 to an IP block owned by Gilat Satcom in McLean, Virginia. I forwarded the spam to the abuse reporting address given by the output of the
whois command, and on Tuesday I got a reply saying that the spammer’s account had been shut down. It would have been nice to see Virginia’s tough anti-spam legislation put to the test, but I can settle for a blocked spammer’s account.
It’s nice to know that old-fashioned proactive solutions are still effective in the never-ending war on spam, which lately seems to have been relegated to Bayesian filters and other passive solutions.