Mail Bombers

In Internet usage, mail bombers (or e-mail bombers) are those that perpetrate a form of net abuse consisting of sending large volumes of e-mails to an address in an attempt to overflow the mailbox or overwhelm the server where the email address is hosted in a denial-of-service attack (DoS attack).

There are two methods of carring out an e-mail bomb mass mailing and list linking.

  • Mass mailing consists of sending numerous duplicate mails to the same email address. These types of mail bombs are simple to design but their extreme simplicity means they can be easily detected by spam filters. Email-bombing using mass mailing is also commonly performed as a DDoS attack by employing the use of “zombie” botnets; hierarchical networks of computers compromised by malware and under the attacker’s control. Similar to their use in spamming, the attacker instructs the botnet to send out millions or even billions of e-mails, but unlike normal botnet spamming, the e-mails are all addressed to only one or a few addresses the attacker wishes to flood.
  • List linking means signing a particular email address up to several email list subscriptions. The victim then has to unsubscribe from these unwanted services manually. In order to prevent this type of bombing, most email subscription services send a confirmation email to a person’s inbox when that email is used to register for a subscription.

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There are currently 2 articles listed on mail bombers.

Name Threat Level Detection Count Date
Aenima February 3, 2008
Fake-Mailer 55/10 0 March 21, 2008

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