Kenes Group (kenes-group.com, Kenes International Organizers of Congresses S.A., Rue Francois-Versonnex 7, 1207 Geneva, Switzerland, tel: +41 22 908 0488, fax: +41 22 906 9140) wants to invite spamtraps to scientific meetings they organize. Vertical Response already threw them out, now they’ve been contaminating Marketo space for over two months already. Marketo has been informed on May 1, to no effect as far as can be seen. The address list used by Kenes Group has all the hallmarks of being derived from the PubMed.
On or about June 18, somebody had the bright idea of starting to spam addresses found in the PubMed for joining the PhDTree.org website. The spam is coming from the self-service ESP arm of RackSpace, Mailgun.
We’ve been watching Aviva Systems Biology (avivasb.com, avivasysbio.com) spam for longer than the SciSpam DNSBL has even existed. Up until recently, they were doing so exclusively from their own network, but their recent choice to hire what we think ought to be a whitehat ESP to do this for them prompted us to blog about it.
This might seem like an obvious thing to say, but here goes anyway. It recently occurred to us to look at what are all the target addresses any given Scientific Spammer is hitting on our traps. What started out as a meager collection measuring maybe a few dozen has quickly gone into the several hundreds this way – identifying new LHS in existing SciSpam trap domains and completely new addresses at new domains that are receiving any materials from known senders of SciSpam. 🙂