Presentation title: Lazy Persistent Threats: A Spam Primer presented at BsidesDFW2013 2013

by Nate Brown,

Summary : If we are willing to talk about the means, motivation, and individuals behind targeted attacks that cause problems (Advanced Persistent Threats) then we should be willing to talk about the means, motivation, and individuals behind the damaging common attacks (Lazy Persistent Threats). This presentation will propose that spam is a threat vector which should still be taken seriously despite any excuses. I will give an overview of spammers' methods including botnets, SMTP, spoofing, headers, beacons, anti-Bayesian attacks, and decimal format hyperlinks from the viewpoint of the spammer. By intertwining philosophical and technical topics I hope to present a reasonable case for further research on spam.