When Did Email Spoofing Become Legal

Apr 16, 2008

I got a bounced back message that I never sent. I was profoundly shocked to discover (through the header info) that the message originated from dotworlds.net; a site that ostensibly is a spoof email service provider.

Should such sites be allowed to exist?

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Aug 4, 2008

I got an email "failure delivery notification" but i did not sent that email. It had my email address though.

So I contacted host and got a very quick reply:


The is caused due to the email spoofing. Someone was spoofing your email account and sending mails by adding the mail header so that the appears to have originated from the actual source. By setting SPF record correctly in the DNS zone of the domain, we can almost prevent this.

Here The SPF record was not setup correctly. Now we have made some changes in the SPF record in the DNS zone file "/var/named/domainname.com.db".

v=spf1 a mx ip4: ?all -----> v=spf1 a mx ip4: ~all

Now I can understand that they have quickly fixed the problem. BUT I need to learn more on what is going on here.

I can understand that email spoofing is that spammer is sending email with header that shows it is my email address (which it is not).

But I dont understand the second part that a DNS record fix it.

What does that DNS line mean,

DNS stuff is really complicated and am lost when it comes to it.

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May 4, 2007

Is there any way to stop spammers from spoofing my address? I've had issues ever since I started this server with getting bounced spam where the "From:" field was (jibberish)@mydomain.com which was annoying but not that constant.

I came online this morning to check my mail and had over 1200 e-mails and all of them have "online@wellsfargo.com" as the "From:" address, but the message-ID has my domain name in it..


------ This is a copy of the message, including all the headers. ------

Return-path: <nobody@host.mydomain.com>
Received: from nobody by host.mydomain.com with local (Exim 4.63)
(envelope-from <nobody@host.mydomain.com>)
id 1Hju9b-0002y3-TH
for lwilder1999@yahoo.com; Fri, 04 May 2007 05:32:43 -0400
To: lwilder1999@yahoo.com
Subject: Update Your Account Records
From: Wells Fargo Online <online@wellsfargo.com>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

Message-Id: <E1Hju9b-0002y3-TH@host.mydomain.com>
Date: Fri, 04 May 2007 05:32:43 -0400

There's gotta be some way (make that 1204.. just got 4 more bounces) to block spammers from doing this. Could someone help a newbie out?

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Nov 8, 2007

I'm concerned about dns spoofing

As explained here:
w w w. securesphere(dot)net/download/papers/dnsspoof.htm
I note the recommendations:

- To limit the cache and check that it's not keeping additional records.
- Not to make security systems to use/rely on DNS.
- Use cryptography like SSL, even if the problem remains the same, it increase difficulty level for the attacker (See article on Man in the Middle)

I did not on another site that the latest version of BIND for DNS should be installed.
I'm quite sure I'm being attacked in this way by a guy on the same network as my numerous commercial websites.
I'm setting a new server. I'm getting my own name server.

What steps should I take to best protect my self and my business against these attacks please?

(firewall? tips etc beside the above?) Please let me know as I want to set up and have a better than even bet I have shaken the guy.

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Apr 29, 2009

I have similar problem that explained [url]

The detail of my problem is below:

Some people sent spoofing mails from our mail users sent to our user from Postfix/local that is listed in maillog like below:

Apr 29 16:57:02 ns1 postfix/local[3075]: EC2153565E3: to=<user-mydomain.com@ns1.mydns.com>, orig_to=<user@mydomain.com>, relay=local, delay=486, status=sent (delivered to command: /usr/bin/procmail-wrapper -o -a $DOMAIN -d $LOGNAME)

Bu i do not know how to prevent this people not to use my Postfix/local delivery part. How can i prevent this attack?

When i connect to my mail server to sent or receive my mail it look like
Apr 29 17:25:28 ns1 dovecot: pop3-login: Login: user=<user@mydomain.com>, method=PLAIN, rip=***.***.***.***, lip=***.***.***.***
Apr 29 17:25:55 ns1 dovecot: POP3(user@mydomain.com): Disconnected: Logged out top=0/0, retr=0/0, del=0/0, size=0....

But the attackers connect directly like below:

Apr 29 17:29:59 ns1 postfix/local[2456]: 3192E357FD9: to=<user-mydomain.com@ns1.mydns.com>, orig_to=<user@mydomain.com>, relay=local, delay=261, status=sent (delivered to command: /usr/bin/procmail-wrapper -o -a $DOMAIN -d $LOGNAME)
Apr 29 17:29:59 ns1 postfix/qmgr[2218]: 3192E357FD9: removed

How can the spammer connect to Postfix/local part? My mail server not open relay. i test it from internet.

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I'm planing to buy a VPS Plan from fsckvps.com, but I'm afraid they might terminate my account, so want to make sure if I will work fine with them, I've contacted them as pre-sale question, they said that warez linking is allowed as long as nothing is hosted on their server.

Okay, Now what's legal warez? My site content actually is New worldwide music albums, info, Movies, Cracked/nulled softwares..

Download links are included, but hosted on sharing site such as 4shared.com etc..

Will this be fine? Or I might experience account termination?

I'm just inches away from purchasing their 512MB RAM Plan, this is my final question.

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May 24, 2008

I have been looking for adult hosting services. Of the businesses I have found that do allow adult hosting, I have seen one stipulation. "Legal adult content". I'm not quite sure on what this means. Does it pertain to the obvious, like no child porn, bestiality, etc. Or is there legalities to the access of the adult content? Though I live in the US, I was not raised nor educated here, and thus not aware of the details here.

All I wish to host is a general content forum where my members can have a section to post 18+ pornography such as you would see in any regular adult video store. I plan to have this in an invite only section of the forum as to keep the content inaccessible to under 18 year olds. I believe this should be within the requirements of legal adult content.

Anyone who knows the details of the term "Legal adult content", could you please clear this up for me?

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and from past 2 months they just ranned away somewhere, didn't paid any invoice
i guess we did a big mistake by believing in them

i know these 2 servers wont make a big difference but still just for my info

can anyone suggest if we can take any legal action on them ?
i know there site is still up and running

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May 24, 2008

i would like to present to you a scenario im sure everybody has thought of and has come up against.

1. If you are hosting with a web host and your files and website has been compromised due to the lack of security on the server what actions can you take against the host for this loss?

2. The host has a backup dating back to a week, but of course the data you have accumulated for the week that was lost is very valuable but you cant get it back now because of a flaw with the hosts server, is there anything you can do in a situation like this?

3. What if you are a reseller and have setup several sites for customers. One customer uses a CMS which means he/she will be updaitng their website every now and then and not always you are able to make backups of all the websites hosted by you as the reseller.

Now a weeks or a few days of data have been lost. The client complains and wants to take legal action against the reseller (you) and of course the reseller knows its the problem with the main host you are hosting with. What does the reseller do now with the client and the host whos made the mistake?

4. Clients livelihood depends on his/her Ecommerce website, they make an average turnover. Whether you are hosting on a dedicated or VPS nevertheless data loss has occured because the box was compromised. The blame is put on the host. In a scenario like this what can the customer do? He/She has lost some client details/orders information and products as a whole...? Remember this is a business... and money has been lost. A recovery backup a week old will never be sufficient enough for the loss.

Think about it... what will you do if any of the above four scenarios were to happen to you?

Yes i am aware of the terms. Some hosts will say they are not responsible forData loss in their small prints,
Some will say it is soley up to the customer to make backups,
When it comes to court they will point this out, and you'll be kicking yourself for being so foolish to go with a host in the first place which dosent gurantee the safety of your data.

Customers dont always read the small fine prints. Now realistically speaking what can the customer/client do in a situation like this? Im guessing nothing if the host outlines the terms ive pointed out above?

Is there really a host out there which takes whole responsibility for the loss and damage they create to your websites and businesses online?

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Near the end of june COMPANY X has had enough and arrives at the datacetner to attempt to move theritr clients off COMPANY Ys hardware so they can suspend service of COMPANY Y completely. On the visit COMPANY X brings 2 new servers in and begins moving clients of their over and COMPANY X notices this action and begins to suspend and remove access to all of COMPANY X's clients. COMPANY X then decided to power off the boxes of COMPANY Y and removes drives containing COMPANY X customer data for offline recovery. and because they beleived the DATACENTER might be untrustworthy enough to release hardware fromt heir rakcs without their permission. The drives were for as much colatteral purposes as for recoverying customer data. They then pack the drives in boxes and a bag and leave the datacenter having spent nearly 20 hours working and head on a long trip home and signs out of the data center in front of various techs holding the server parts and tools.

Upon arriving back to their office/home

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I cannot monitor all posting 24/7.

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