On The Forensic Capabilities of LeadForensics

The study of forensics refers to scientific tests or techniques used in connection with the detection of crime. It is an odd choice of name for what I think is a data seller, especially one whose targeting seems poor enough to be spamming me. They claim to want to help me generate more leads for my website, but my website doesn’t sell anything. I do not really need any leads.

They are sending from IP address 46.236.37.232, which appears to be an email platform called Message Focus or Adestra.

From what I can tell, the only forensic capability this entity has shown me is that they seem to buy B2B spam leads, which is very disappointing.

Siltaraha Oy / Finlandia Finance Oy

In May 2016, a Finnish B2B financing company (or “payday loans for businesses”, if you like) called Siltaraha Oy (www, biz reg, people responsible) started advertising its activities in B2B spam to purchased lists.
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New Finnish B2B spammer: Digimarketingmanager.com / Mailmarketingmanager.net

Here’s the culprit

Domains have been registered a week ago. The LI profile indicates the operation has started in July 2018. The people whose network the spam was sent from already know. Not just abuse@, the actual people.

If you’re reading this, Mr. A, take my advice: stop now.

Rule #4: The natural course of a spamming business is to go bankrupt.

June 2018 in Spamtraps: ESPs

ESP spam seen in spamtraps, June 2018

ESP spam seen in spamtraps, June 2018

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A three-month look at Spamtraps: ESPs

Good morning, Munich…

Hostinger International: fraudulent hosting provider

According to Hostinger International these people have recommended their services:

Too bad none of the people exist (all of the names are phony) and a trivial Google image search reveals that the images are from commonly available image banks, such as “Ida & Paavo”, whose image is cropped from https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/thumbs-couple-happy-stockholm-sweden-excited-220920487.

Don’t trust these people.

A four-month look at Spamtraps: ESPs

November 2017 to February 2018 in Spamtraps: ESPs

Nuff said. All the data is there and questions are welcome, either in comments to this article or in other avenues. Just haven’t gotten around to writing it up.

October 2017 in Spamtraps: ESPs

ESP spam seen in spamtraps, October 2017

ESP spam seen in spamtraps, October 2017

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The Four Horsemen of Finnish Spam

If you sent Finnish B2B spam recently…

  • Your spam is illegal if it does not identify the sender (Section 15 of the Business Information Act, 244/2001).
  • Your spam is illegal if it does not identify the spam list (Section 25 of the Personal Data Act, 523/1999).
  • Your spam list is illegal because it contains outdated and erroneous personal information (Section 9 of the Personal Data Act). If you bought a list, you can’t avoid this.
  • Your spamming is illegal because you hit natural persons with no business context (Section 200 of the Information Society Code, 917/2014). If you bought a list, it contains outdated and erroneous personal information and you can’t avoid this.

Bonus item:

  • If you own a product or a service and bought a spam campaign from somebody else, you are responsible for failures regarding the above even if you’ve never seen the materials.
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