This is a followup to an earlier blog post.
We’ve been on the receiving end of spam from Origene since March 2015. At the time, we listed 188.8.131.52, a few domain names, and thought nothing more of it. We had the occasion to look at their spam a little more closely today. It’s all coming from a /15 (that’s 131,072 IP addresses) assigned to a research facility in China. The spamming domain name is smarttargetonline.net, registered to a person without an organization. Worth looking at a little more.
On July 14, 2015, our spamtraps received a message advertising the Foodomics 2015 conference offered by the Università di Bologna. We wrote to them the same day, and have today received the following response from their privacy office. We see no other alternative but to list the mail server and domain name of this institution who defend the practice of sending Scientific Spam and violate their GARR agreements in doing so.
Our spamtraps received what we think must be a spam from a recognized university in Europe, advertising a summer school of theirs. So we wrote to the professor to ask “How did you build this address list?”, as you would…
It is with a heavy heart that we list an outbound mail server of a university. However, in the face of the response we received from the sender, there is no option to keeping both the sending IP address and domain name listed. We did not receive a reply to our comments to their comments.