Overview of spam from Aol.com

15 Feb 2006

Note: Automated spam monitoring stopped several years ago. These web pages are maintained for historical reasons. Some may be updated from time to time as news about the individual sites becomes available.

No spam today

Overview of last 14 reports

11 Sep 2000 9710899.46full headers
09 Jun 2000 666666.00full headers
21 Apr 2000 707070.00full headers
07 Apr 2000 909090.00full headers
14 Mar 2000 161161161.00
25 Feb 2000 303303303.00
24 Jan 2000 414141.00
19 Jan 2000 323232.00
12 Jan 2000 292929.00
03 Jan 2000 667267.65
21 Dec 1999 585858.00
14 Dec 1999 727272.00
06 Dec 1999 464646.00
03 Dec 1999 525252.00

Overview of history

Total spam since 18 Oct 199917501775 1756.11
Peak spam on 25 Feb 2000303303 303.00
Peak daily spam on 20 Oct 19993030 30.00(2-day average)
Average daily spam5.25.3 5.24

full history also available

General information about Aol.com

Added 3 Sept 1997.

Abuse@aol.com is a black hole. Send abuse complaints to lorin@aol.net instead.

For more information, see SamSpade web page AOL Considered Harmful.

AOL has sent out spam which contains javascript. If you have an AOL installer on your hard drive, following the spamvertised link causes Internet Explorer to disconnect you from the Internet and to start the installation of AOL, which replaces your existing Internet connection.

For more information, see netnews thread AOL Spamvertising, especially this article which shows the actual html code.

Reminder: Always disable java and javascript while reading email. Do not place AOL on your "trusted publishers" list. Try not to use Internet Explorer.

Update: 29 Mar 2000. Tosusenet@aol.com is known to bounce

Notes about valid AOL account names, courtesy of Ron Newman:

AOL's current abuse auto-reply contains useful information
about how to recognize at least some forged AOL addresses:

   Valid AOL address can not:
      -be shorter than 3 or longer than 10 characters
      -begin with numerals
      -contain periods, underscores, dashes or other punctuation 

Valid AOL mail will have a short, verifiable Received path directly from a 
resolvable host within AOL.COM to your mail host.

I think that translates into this procmail rule:

* ^(From|Reply-To): (.|..|...........+|[0-9].+|.*[^a-zA-Z0-9]+.*)@aol.(com|net)

Anyone want to improve on this?

Site history

To report spam, contact lorin@aol.net

A complete history may also be available.

General notes:

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