A massive spam attack has hit countless universities across the world after the closure of a Web site called Cyber Promo was deprived of space by its Internet service provider.
The attack, which began last weekend, has caused system administrators at ISPs and other organisations around the world to act against the spamming.
According to Ronald Edge, manager of information systems at Indiana University, there was a wholesale forgery of people?s return email addresses around the world, leading to huge volumes of traffic.
He said: ?This past weekend experienced a massive spam, with many people?s return messages forged. According to reports in the nanea [anti-spam] newsgroup, it arrived from enterprise.net. They were also hopping on at bt.net in the UK.?
He said he had kept a sample 100 spams with headers and dumped the other 6,800 he received.
According to US reports, Cyber Promo is one of the chief vendors of unsolicited emails and was removed by its ISP AGIS because of an anti-spam attack against it.
The report said that AGIS had pulled the plug on Cyber Promo because of an anti-spam attack against it, instigated by unknown people.
That meant that its own services were brought to a near standstill as it was bombarded with 'ping' messages from outside.
The CEO of Cyber Promo was attempting to take action earlier this week to get AGIS to put his site back up.
The problem has occurred because there are possibly hundreds of thousands of people on different email lists. As people received the spam, many became irate and fired back responses, thus inadvertently 're-spamming' the network.
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