Individual web servers 'responsible' for scams

07/08/2007

The majority of internet scams using embedded links are hosted on individual web servers, according to new research.

A study by scientists at the University of California in San Diego found that 94 per cent of such scams are stored on individual servers.

The research involved the analysis of spam emails, including those hawking physical goods and phishing scams, to find out which kinds of servers the embedded links were hosted on.

According to the scientists who carried out the study, the findings could be used to significantly slash spam volumes and close down suspicious sites.

'A given spam campaign may use thousands of mail relay agents to deliver its millions of messages, but only use a single server to handle requests from recipients who respond,' they wrote in their report, which is to be presented at the Usenix Security 2007 conference.

They added: 'A single takedown of a scam server or a spammer redirect can curtail the earning potential of an entire spam campaign.'

A recent report from MessageLabs indicated that new malware detections rose by 28.3 per cent in July.ADNFCR-8000120-ID-18237031-ADNFCR