phishing_bad_sites broken?

Scott Silva ssilva at
Wed Feb 27 22:05:59 GMT 2008

on 2/27/2008 8:59 AM Hostmaster spake the following:
>> Current news appears to be this:
>> I suppose you could say that for some reason, 500k mailservers across the globe
> to decided to get >that file at the same time yesterday and effectively DDOSd
> the server sits on
> This might just be my suspicious mind, but could this be a "probe"? Lets face
> it, MailScanner is one of the widest-distributed wrappers for anti-spam. Say I
> was running a botnet, wanted to send a lot of phishing emails out, and naturally
> wanted to improve my chances of my phishing emails getting through. If I attack
> the centralised system which distributes recognised phishing URL's to a major
> spam filtering wrapper, my chances of getting my malicious emails goes up,
> doesn't it?
> I'v got some spare tin foil hats if anyone wants one....
Since mailscanner uses a local copy of this file, it only prevents an update.
So your local copy will be a few days old, but still work.

PS... I prefer stuffing tinfoil into a regular hat. It is much thicker, and 
the random folds and crinkles scatter the mind probes better!
And you get less stares and finger pointing.  ;-P

MailScanner is like deodorant...
You hope everybody uses it, and
you notice quickly if they don't!!!!

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