A strange spam variant with an exokernelized solution
There are many variants of spam. The traditional is scam-carrying mass emails. One recent variant, being tackled by the UK’s ICO, is SMS-based spam ‘advertising’ the services of lawyers who promise to recoup the banks’ mis-sold payment protection insurance.
Back in February, security researcher Robin Wood (DigiNinja) described the repeated spam received from the Hakin9 security magazine (Hakin9 – Spam Kings). The problem is that different ‘editors’ with the magazine would never take no for an answer whenever he declined to provide a free article.
But he wasn’t alone – a group of well-known security researchers, clearly overburdened by the same requests, provided an article on the DARPA Inference Cheking Kludge Scanner, perhaps better known and understood by its acronym, DICKS. Here’s a sample from the content: “Our experiments soon proved that exokernelizing our fuzzy Knesis keyboards was more effective than making autonomous them, as previous work suggested. Our experiments soon proved that microkernelizing our PDP 11s was more effective than exokernelizing them…”
Hakin9 published the article. At the time of writing it is still on the Hakin9 website (just Google ‘exokernelizing’). Revenge, as they say, is a dish best served cold.