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Spammers Leak More than 1.37bn Records


An apparently biggest spamming operation globally mistakenly enabled access of backup databases on the Internet, leaking over 1.37bn records as well as a huge volume of information that a target company maintained.


RCM or River City Media calls itself one authentic marketing company; however, it has in fact acquired notoriety in being an extremely big spammer getting listed on the Register of Known Spam Operations of 'Spamhaus.'


MacKeeper Researcher Chris Vickery discovered the whole operation and he really hinted the great news some days back on Twitter, so people across the globe were awestruck to imagine the would-be target as also the name of the person to mess up everything, while visitors on YouTube, WeChat and Facebook made their speculations regarding the same. Softpedia.com posted this, March 6, 2017.


Vickery notes that because database that was unprotected got leaked it facilitated the dispatch of 1bn-and-more spam mails daily. The observation followed plentiful automation, research over years' time, as well as an acceptable scale of unlawful hacking methods. Nevertheless, RCM didn't just lose a database, but its whole operation, accounts, HipChat logs, business plans along with many other things.


Spamhaus, the anti-spam organization in joint action with Vickery and MacKeeper just utilized the data from the leakage and included it in RCM's details when accounting the company's database.


The volume of the hack was too big so when Vickery at first said he possessed an exposed database consisting of 1.4 billion details, the Government-of-India made a denial of it facilitating the breach. India's national ID system happens to be a rare database worldwide having records of over 1bn people, thus there was rampant speculation till the time Vickery published the real data.


Global leader in providing actual threat intelligence for important networks of the Internet, Spamhaus has blacklisted the whole infrastructure of RCM while trying to stop any forthcoming spam. Now the concern is how the leaked database of 1.4bn records may get exploited. According to Vickery, law enforcement has been reported. RCM's chief executive officer removed the inference of Slip7 Media on LinkedIn through her profile page following breaking of news pertaining to the data exposure.

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