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Got spam from LegitScript? Not us…but watch this space.

Got spam from LegitScript? We hate spam as much as you do, and it wasn't us. (We promise.) In the last 24 hours, it appears that some of the world's largest spam botnets have been reconfigured to make the spam appear as if it came from LegitScript.

The spam definitely isn't from our servers. However, we've identified the individual who we believe is behind it. Watch this space for further developments.

In the meantime, here's why you've received spam that looks like it's from LegitScript. This weekend, LegitScript shut down over 5,000 major rogue online pharmacies, including several hundred involved in major spam operations. Our success in this area has made us public target number one for online pharmacy spammers, so in apparent retaliation, several of the world's botnets appear to have been reconfigured to make the spam appear as if it's coming from LegitScript's public accounts ([email protected] or [email protected]), with the name of LegitScript's President attached to it.

This isn't the first time that these criminal organizations have retaliated against LegitScript after their websites got shut down. It's the law of cyber security: the bigger threat you are to spammers and online criminals, the more they try to retaliate.

How can it be that an email appears to come from LegitScript, but doesn't? The process involves something called "spoofing," in which email headers are configured to appear as if they have come from one email account when they haven't.  (For more information on how and why this happens, the Wikipedia article is a good start.)

So if you're received spam that looks like it's from us, we feel for you. But we promise: it's not from us. Want to know who is behind it?

Stay tuned. Да, правильно это сообшение тебе, ты знаешь кто ты.