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The Usenet Spam

Approximately 1,900 (one thousand nine hundred) complaints against EE-spamming can be found at Usenet. October 24 2000 was a black day: EE v5.0 had been released only a few days earlier, and EE spammers hit every conceivable newsgroup, including the group used to file spam complaints. The PacBell 'Merlin' account responsible for most of this effort was closed. Herewith a pick of some of the juiciest from that time.


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From: Don (klammern@hotmail.com)
Subject: Re: Protect yourself and your computer get Evidence Eliminator
Newsgroups: rec.scouting.misc
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Date: 2000-10-29 09:08:55 PST


This spammed posting absolutly kills me. I have a copy of this 'evidence eliminator' program and have run it on various hard drives, sometimes more then once. I also then ran the Encase computer forensic program that most policing agencies use and guess what I found? Yep, that's right, this Evidence Elimator 'program' is crap.

Encase was easily able to view all of the files and file slack that was supposedly 'eliminated' or permanently deleted by E-E. If you want to waste your money on this crap program then go ahead (better yet, just send the $$ to me). If you are counting on it for any type of 'protection' then I suggest you don't waste the money and just make sure that you are doing nothing illegal with your computer.

Don


Merlin wrote:

> Evidence Eliminator
>
>  When you access the Internet, your computer keeps permanent hidden records
>  of your activity for months or years, including web sites visited,
>  documents, pictures, videos and sounds. This is a serious threat to the
>  legitimate surfer's privacy. Evidence Eliminator is a solution to this
>  problem. It analyzes and protects your whole hard drive and defeats all
>  known Forensic Analysis Software.To download, Go Here
>  http://www.evidence-eliminator.com/main.shtml?A1564
From: Matthias Gutfeldt (worte@gmx.at)
Subject: Re: Protect yourself and your computer get Evidence Eliminator
Newsgroups: rec.arts.origami
Date: 2000-10-24 15:04:01 PST


Merlin schrieb:
>
> Evidence Eliminator
>
>  When you access the Internet, your computer keeps permanent hidden records
>  of your activity for months or years, including web sites visited,
>  documents, pictures, videos and sounds. This is a serious threat to the
>  legitimate surfer's privacy.
And your spamming all over Usenet is a serious threat to the legitimate internet's existance, and to the legitimate reader's patience.


> Evidence Eliminator is a solution to this
> problem. It analyzes and protects your whole hard drive and defeats all
> known Forensic Analysis Software.To download, Go Here
> http://www.evidence-eliminator.com/main.shtml?A1564

And X-Complaints-To: abuse@pacbell.net as well as http://www.nic.com/cgi-bin/whois.cgi?query=evidence-eliminator.com are a solution to this particular spam problem. Expect your business to be folding.


Matthias

From: Jon Thompson (spamless@home.com)
Subject: Re: Evidence Eliminator Surf Safely . 4136
Newsgroups: uk.rec.ufo, uk.rec.subterranea, uk.rec.sheds
Date: 2001-03-04 07:26:16 PST


On 4 Mar 2001 10:28:58 GMT, qnjrrj@anonsurf.net decided to increase the sum of human knowledge by writing:
>If you take your computer in for repair, what will they find?
>Think about it !
>Watch out you, are YOU being checked..............
>
>Have you viewed illegal pictures
>Get rid of all those secret hidden files, once and for all
>
>You're in Serious Trouble - It's a Proven Fact!
>
>Deleting 'Internet Cache and History' will NOT protect you
>because any of the Web Pages, Pictures, Movies, Videos, Sounds,
>E-mail, Chat Logs and Everything Else you see or do could easily be recovered
>
>This is the answer...................
>http://www.evidence-eliminator.com/go.shtml?A653704
>
>Peace of mind at last....................................
>nrvrtmdzjeckqerbvngvyptcepebfuwiggyzvwzhgpqgtsfcwsnivfeigcthjyqfzyv
This idiot isn't so clever. Evidence Eliminator, indeed:
Registrant:
Evidence Eliminator (EVIDENCE-ELIMINATOR-DOM)
   140 Basford Rd
   Basford
   Nottingham, Notts NG6 OJL
   UK

   Domain Name: EVIDENCE-ELIMINATOR.COM

   Administrative Contact, Technical Contact, Billing Contact:
      Richard Drage  (RD5-ORG)  domains@PROWEB.NET
      ProWeb (UK) Ltd
      16 Mansfield Rd Daybrook Square Daybrook
      Nottingham, Notts NG5 6AA
      UK
      UK
      +44 (0)115 9118438 Fax- +44 (0)115 9118413
X-Report: Report abuse to nntpabuse@vip.uk.com

He's already been kicked off Netscape Online for spamming.


DCCL - you appear to be hosting the Evidence-Eliminator website. Evidence-Eliminator - Your 'associate' is spamming widely. Please void any referral credits and drop him from your roles. You may also want to cancel the various Usenet spams lest you receive more complaints, since you are the responsible third party who is direcctly benefiting from the spam. You really need to have an AUP posted for your associates.

From: akelly (ser@zorch.SF-Bay.ORG (sci.econ.research)
Subject: Evidence-eliminator.com still connected
Newsgroups: news.admin.net-abuse.usenet
Date: 2000-10-25 22:00:37 PST

Yesterday a blatant spam for your customer, evidence-eliminator.com, was blasted all over Usenet. I complained, as did numerous others (the spam was even posted to the news.admin.net-abuse.* hierarchy). But your customer is still connected, still able to abuse Usenet, and still able to profit from the spam run. Why haven't you disconnected your abusive customer?

Mailed to postmaster@dccl.net and postmaster@proweb.co.uk, and posted to news.admin.net-abuse.usenet

From: Otto J. Makela (om@iki.fi)
Subject: Usenet Spam: Protect yourself and your computer get Evidence Eliminator
Newsgroups: sfnet.tietoliikenne.viestinviejat
Date: 2000-10-24 13:15:07 PST
Newsgroups: sfnet.harrastus.autot
Subject: Protect yourself and your computer get Evidence Eliminator
From: 'Merlin'
Reply-To: merlin@exoticambrosia.com


The following commercial messages would seem to have been spammed from your news server. Please take the appropriate action, cancels have been issued. This is only a partial listing.

From: Inquisitor (inquisitor@MUNGEMUNGEspamhunter.co.MUNGEuk.invalid)
Subject: Re: Protect yourself and your computer get Evidence Eliminator
Newsgroups: news.admin.net-abuse.email
Date: 2000-10-25 14:37:29 PST


On Tue, 24 Oct 2000 18:31:12 GMT, on the brass tablet , 'Merlin' scrawled...
> X-Hamster-Info: Score=0 Received=20001024213047
> Xref: spamhunter.co.uk news.admin.net-abuse.email:5065
> Newsgroups: news.admin.net-abuse.email
> Subject: Protect yourself and your computer get Evidence Eliminator
> From: 'Merlin'
> Reply-To: merlin@exoticambrosia.com
> Mime-Version: 1.0
> Content-type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
> X-Newsreader: News Rover 6.0.1 (http://www.NewsRover.com)
> Lines: 9
> Message-ID:
> Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 18:31:12 GMT
> NNTP-Posting-Host: 63.195.82.240
> X-Complaints-To: abuse@pacbell.net
> X-Trace: news.pacbell.net 972412142 63.195.82.240 (Tue, 24 Oct 2000 11:29:02 PDT)
> NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 11:29:02 PDT
> Organization: SBC Internet Services
> X-Old-Xref: mendelevium.btinternet.com news.admin.net-abuse.email:540807
>
> Evidence Eliminator
> 
>  When you access the Internet, your computer keeps permanent hidden records
>  of your activity for months or years, including web sites visited,
>  documents, pictures, videos and sounds. This is a serious threat to the
>  legitimate surfer's privacy. Evidence Eliminator is a solution to this
>  problem. It analyzes and protects your whole hard drive and defeats all
>  known Forensic Analysis Software.To download, Go Here
>  http://www.evidence-eliminator.com/main.shtml?A1564
Owch. You goofed, man. Spamming to NANAE is *just* not on.

From: Policy Department (policy@pbi.net)
Subject: Re: Protect yourself and your computer get Evidence Eliminator (KMM783844C0KM)
Newsgroups: misc.transport.urban-transit
Date: 2000-10-24 13:39:24 PST


Newsgroup messages which do not comply with the newsgroup charter or FAQ violate Pacific Bell Internet's Acceptable Use Policy, which may be found at the following URL:

http://public.pacbell.net/dialup/usepolicy.html

This account is now closed.

On behalf of Pacific Bell Internet, I apologize for any inconvenience caused by our [former] customer.
Although it is impossible to eliminate newsgroup abuse entirely (alas), I shall do everything possible to minimize the junk coming from our domain. Please do not hesitate to write again if you have any questions or if you wish to report other instances of abuse by Pacific Bell Internet dialup or dedicated customers.


Original message follows:
-------------------------

Evidence Eliminator

When you access the Internet, your computer keeps permanent hidden records of your activity for months or years, including web sites visited, documents, pictures, videos and sounds. This is a serious threat to the legitimate surfer's privacy. Evidence Eliminator is a solution to this problem. It analyzes and protects your whole hard drive and defeats all known Forensic Analysis Software.To download, Go Here http://www.evidence-eliminator.com/main.shtml?A1564

From: Eric (grimbiskit@aol.commonkeys)
Subject: Re: Protect yourself and your computer get Evidence Eliminator
Newsgroups: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe
Date: 2000-10-24 11:46:01 PST


>> Evidence Eliminator

 When you access the Internet, your computer keeps permanent hidden records
 of your activity for months or years, including web sites visited,
 documents, pictures, videos and sounds. This is a serious threat to the
 legitimate surfer's privacy. Evidence Eliminator is a solution to this
 problem. It analyzes and protects your whole hard drive and defeats all
 known Forensic Analysis Software.To download, Go Here
 http://www.evidence-eliminator.com/main.shtml?A1564
Wow!
Now those child pornographers can breathe a sigh of relief and stop worrying!

Anyone else feeling ill about now?

e.

From: Slushfactory.com (viper220ny@aol.comakazi)
Subject: Re: Protect yourself and your computer get Evidence Eliminator
Newsgroups: rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe
Date: 2000-10-24 14:27:05 PST
>From: 'Merlin' merlin@exoticambrosia.com
>This is a serious threat to the
> legitimate surfer's privacy. Evidence Eliminator is a solution to this
> problem. It analyzes and protects your whole hard drive and defeats all
> known Forensic Analysis
Great, so it deletes the cache, whoopty shit. Who the hell would spend money on software when you can hit the 'delete cache' botton in 10 seconds or less. Besides, Norton does a better job at this than any company who spams the newsgroups. Real professionals, these guys.

-Brian Jacks

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