Peeking Into Spammer Behavior From a Unique Vantage Point
Source: University of Michigan
Understanding the spammer behavior is a critical step in the long-lasting battle against email spams. Previous studies have focused on setting up honeypots or email sinkholes containing destination mailboxes for spam collection. A spam trace collected this way offers the limited viewpoint from a single organizational domain and hence is short of reflecting the global behavior of spammers. In this paper, the authors present a spam analysis study using sinkholes based on open relays. A relay sinkhole offers a unique vantage point in spam collection: it has the broader view of spam originated from multiple spam origins destined to mailboxes belonging to multiple organizational domains.