No, this isn’t a safe sex message.
Last friday 2005-07-08, I tried to send an email out about our family’s “Secret Santa” draw. Imagine my surprise when one of the receipients bounced my message back with the following explaination.
mailbo.vtcif.telstra.com.au[220.127.116.11] said: 554 Service unavailable;
Client host [18.104.22.168] blocked using sbl-xbl.spamhaus.org;
http://www.spamhaus.org/query/bl?ip=22.214.171.124 (in reply to RCPT TO
( Recipient name sanitised for their protection )
So, I proceeded to check the URL listed above and found that I was listed for sending spam??? WTF!!!
I found out that I was in fact listed on 3 separate sites and that the cause seemed to be that a host with my IP address ( which is static ) had been caught sending spam.
incidentally a few days earlier I had changed my antivirus software on my one and only windows box to AVG from Grisoft and discovered a Trojan called Boxed.3.am, apparently this charming piece of code hijacks your box and turns it into a spambot.
Now, my network at home is protected by
- Hardware NAT appliance
- Virus scanning by my mail server
- Antivirus software on my Windows box
My wife, the primary user of the box has heard ( and heeded ) my “Don’t open attachments” and “Don’t download programs” warnings.
Even with all these precautions, we’ve still been hit.
How are the “Joe Sixpack” users supposed to keep their machines Virus and Trojan free??
According to the article 12 Minutes to PC infection an unpatched machine connected to the internet has a 50% chance of being compromised in the first 12 minutes……
For the folks at home
- Use a firewall, preferably a dedicated device or machine
- Use antivirus and spyware tools
- Don’t use Outlook and IE
- Don’t open attachments (unless you REALLY have to)
Lately I’ve been getting three or four emails a day claiming to be from administrator, webmaster, postmaster, admin etc from my domain (which I administer) saying that my account is invalid or some nonsense, in all cases they contain an attachment that I’m sure has a virus or trojan in it, so BE CAREFUL !!!