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by Dave Gradijan

Renegade Spammer Beats Blue Security

May 17, 20061 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Anti-spam firm Blue Security will stop its spam-fighting effort after deciding not to place the Internet, as a whole, in jeopardy by escalating a conflict with a renegade spammer, The Register reports.

After Blue Security clients started using an anti-spam tool, called Blue Frog, which floods the websites of spammers with opt-out e-mails, a belligerent campaign of spam e-mail and intimidation escalated until a renegade, Russian-speaking spammer known as PharmaMaster launched denial-of-service attacks against a multitude of major Internet organizations and a DNS provider.

“It’s clear to us that [quitting] would be the only thing to prevent a full-scale cyber-war that we just don’t have the authority to start,” Blue Security CEO Eran Reshef told “Our users never signed up for this kind of thing.”

The Register writes that Blue’s decision to shut up shop is understandable but regrettable, because it represents a significant victory by a spammer in the fight to control the Internet. In effect, PharmaMaster has succeeded in his main aim of getting Blue Security to dismantle.

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