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by auggief / February 15, 2004 5:16 PM PST

SpywareInfo, TomCoyote.org and merijn.org disappeared last week. This is due to a colossal, ongoing distributed denial of service attack. Several thousand trojaned PCs are throwing millions of HTTP GET requests at our server. The attacker is very determined to keep these sites off the net. Every time we filter out the attack, thousand of new machines join in. For now, the server is firewalled and all traffic is being null routed.

No one has claimed responsibility and there has been no attempt to break into the server. We are examining files from some of the infected machines involved in the attacks. At this time, I cannot confirm or deny the rumors floating around that coolwebsearch.com or one of their affiliated sites is responsible for these attacks.

TomCoyote.org is up and running again on a new server and the forums there are available to help people: http://forums.tomcoyote.org/.

TomCoyote has also allowed me to send this newsletter out from their web site and I thank them for it.

Merijn.org is also up and running again on a new server contributed by the folks at X-Block (http://www.xblock.com).

The private mailing list and malware repository for antispyware developers is also up and running on a new server.

SpywareInfo will continue to be down for the next several days. My hosting service and I are working on setting up a system of multiple redundant proxy servers to shield the main server from these attacks. I hope to have this running within the next week or so.

For updates on the situation, please refer to this message board thread: http://forums.tomcoyote.org/index.php?showtopic=4413

If anyone would like to contribute a server and hosting, please contact me at mike@tomcoyote.org. There are some minimum requirements for each server. I need a minimum PII 300MHz 128RAM, dedicated IP address, apache 1.3x on linux (preferably red hat) with root access via SSH and minimum of 100GB bandwidth/month. A Virtual Private Server (VPS) will work fine (I don't need a whole box).

It is going to cost a small fortune to set up these proxies to shield SpywareInfo from attack. If you would like to help us pay for these costs, we have a paypal account (https://www.paypal.com/xclick/business=paypal%40spywareinfo.com&no_note=1&tax=0&currency_code=USD) as well as a postal address:

James Healan
PO Box 2378
Reidsville, GA USA 30453

Thank you very much for your contributions.


SpywareInfo will be back. It will take more than this to keep us off the net.

Mike Healan
SpywareInfo

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Re:Spyware Weekly Newsletter
by Donna Buenaventura / February 15, 2004 6:08 PM PST

Auggief,

Thanks for the heads-up. I noticed that you copied and pasted the unsubscribe link. If I'm not mistaken, if ANYONE will click on that link will automatically UNSUBSCRIBE your e-mail address to receive the Spyware Newsweekly. If this is true, you need to subscribe to them again.

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Re:Re:Spyware Weekly Newsletter
by auggief / February 15, 2004 6:41 PM PST

Thanks Donna. Hopefully anyone reading your post will know not to unsubscribe me.

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Re:Re:Re:Spyware Weekly Newsletter
by Donna Buenaventura / February 16, 2004 12:01 AM PST

You're welcome Auggief. I suggest that we delete your post. You can re-post it Happy but make sure you will not copy and paste the unsubscribe link. Is it ok with you? The reason I'm suggesting it to be deleted because your email address is visible Sad and others might click on it by mistake or out of curiosity Sad

Only if you want.

Happy

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