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July 20, 2005

SpamForum tries poaching SpecialHam

The SpecialHam.com spammer forum, which has a history of long periods of downtime, is again off the air.

For a couple days beginning last week, the site was re-directing to a page at NetworkSolutions.com that said the domain owner had failed to renew the registration when it came due on July 9. Now, the URL is dead.

The opportunistic operators of the competing SpamForum.biz board are apparently hoping to poach SpecialHam's members. Earlier this week, SpamForum's operators sent an email to members with the subject line, "lets make spamforum the number one marketing forum."

The email, sent via an IP address owned by ServerPronto in Florida, said, "If you have freind that were previous members of specialham why not invite them here so we can start making this forum active. Refer some fellow marketers to get the posting started."

I checked the SpecialHam.com whois record again today; the registration was updated on July 17 and is good through 2006. But the domain is still not resolving for me. Maybe it's because the China-based DNS servers for SpecialHam.com aren't responding.

Posted by brian at July 20, 2005 11:41 AM


Spamforum.biz is down since today due to adorable
dns-timeout-problems, and even Specialham.com seems to have dns-problems.
So we don´t have to worry.

Posted by: Goofy at August 19, 2005 5:12 PM


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