Steven Bellovin smb at cs.columbia.edu
Wed Dec 30 12:20:34 CST 2009

On Dec 30, 2009, at 1:04 PM, Jerry Pasker wrote:

> I got this email inquiring about data center space, from the most honest scumbag, *EVER* today.  Operational relevance?  Well, if everyone would turn these people down, we'd have a lot less problems to deal with.  Sadly, requests like these happen far too often, but never have I had someone come right out and explain what they were doing up front like this without having to dig in to it.
> Scumbag email:
> ------------
> Hello,
> I need servers to host botnet controller. Botnet controller is software that sends tasks to bots. Bots are hosts which send spam emails to millions of addresses. It's not direct spam but abuses on botnet contoller are received from time to time. What is your policy in case of receiving abuses and what is your policy in case of receiving a lot of abuses? What is policy about spam (not direct from your ips as I mentioned above)? Is it possible to host botnet controller in your datacenter during long-term time?
> Thank you.
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> The part that leaves me  feeling good is that they do get abuse complaints from time to time.  There's hope.

Of course, it could also be a joe job to frame the inquirer...

		--Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb

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