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December 22, 2004

SpecialHam Spammer Forum Is Back

specialham.com logo After a two-month hiatus, SpecialHam.com is back online. If you've never visited, the site will be an eye-opening experience. It's a sort of virtual Chamber of Commerce for junk emailers. They use the bulletin boards to advertise spamming services such as website hosting, proxies, and mailing lists. There's also a forum for gossiping and networking with other spammers.

Since first appearing online in mid-2003, SpecialHam.com has over 2,500 registered members. (Of course, some of the people who frequent the site are anti-spammers doing reconaissance.) It's not the only online spammer forum by any means. But SpecialHam.com is one of the most active and is quite useful to entry-level spammers.

The site currently gets its hosting from China Telecom, an especially spam-friendly service in a nation that's become a junk email haven. SpecialHam.com is registered to a "Wobble Juice" with a UK mailing address, although the site's domain record has previously listed Queensland, Australia and Mumbai, India addresses.

Posted by brian at December 22, 2004 10:31 AM


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