I got a call today regarding Robert…and I’ll just leave it at that until I get some more information. Grin.
Robert has issued a rebuttal on quickeasysolution.com stating that he was not responsible for forging return addresses in the batch of spams advertising his Web sites. He also claims that the credit card system on his Web site is a legitimate service being run through his ecommerce gateway and not a scam. I’d love to give him the benefit of the doubt, but the pages his ordering system directs customers to are not SSL-secured even though the text on the page claims that the connection is encrypted.
So, the plot thickens. Robert has not returned any of my e-mails or voicemail messages and refused to talk to me when I showed up in person. I gave him a chance to set the record straight but got no response.
Robert, if you’re reading this, I’d love to talk to you in person and give you the chance to set things straight.
Brian McWilliams has written another article spotlighting Robert Todino after his most recent round of alleged spam attacks. Multiple sites were maliciously forged in this set of emails and, according to Brian, this seems to be a retaliatory strike against multiple authors who were reporting on Robert or the time travel spam. I was hit in the crossfire when I received over 450,000 bounce messages due to Robert forging inertramblings.com in the return address of his most recent batch of spams.
Robert Todino seems to be going down the list of domain names that have been reporting on him. Brian McWilliams, author of Turn Back the Spam of Time, reports that he received spam from Robert with forged davesplanet.net headers.
I guess Robert has decided to show us his gratitude by flooding our mailboxes with hundreds of thousands of bounces.
OK, I lied. I just checked the logfiles and the bounces have stopped trickling in because the spam is no longer being sent with admin accounts as return addresses. Random From: headers are now being generated and we’re way past the 350,000 bounce mark…I just haven’t been seeing the actual email. Go figure.
On a side note, I stopped by 8 Albert St. this evening and spoke with Jim Todino and his “friend”. Both claim to have never heard of Robert. I’ll hash through the crap later.
The email floodgates have finally closed and the stream of bounce messages has dribbled to a slow trickle. 36 hours after the initial email, my mail server has finally gotten a breather. The damage? 3500 bounced emails for around 5000 invalid email addresses. Update: Completely incorrect…I just stopped getting bounces. Checking the logfiles reveals 390,000+ invalid addresses.
I’m not really sure what pisses me off more…the fact that Robert forged my mail servers to send spam or the fact that Robert forged my servers to send spam. Let me elaborate…
Ever since I got the first Dimensional Warp Generator email a few years ago, I’ve thought that the author was pretty cool. A few fries short of a Happy Meal, but cool. I guess you could say that I was a fan…so much so that I actually started reporting on the Dimensional Warp Generator.
But now I feel almost betrayed by Robert. He forged my domain to send out spam for anti-spam software. He subjected me to thousands of bounced email messages. He subjected me to hundreds of actual people sending me email flaming me and calling me an asshole because they assumed that I was the actual sender. He subjected me to a low scale denial of service attack as someone tried (and failed) to take my servers offline.
And he’s not returning my calls or emails.
The result of Robert’s actions don’t really bother me. My servers are stable. I’m thick-skinned and flames roll right off. My mail filters took care of the bounces and saved each and every one of them into an evidence folder. My logfiles were backed up and, again, moved to an forensics quarantine (both for Robert and whoever DOSed me).
But it still bothers me that Robert chose my domain. Feh.
8 Albert St.
Woburn, MA 01801
No big surprise here. After the time traveler pissed me off by sending out spam with inertramblings.com in the return address, I checked out the alleged mailing address from his whois info. Figures…4 Oak St. doesn’t exist in Woburn. Oak St. starts at five and goes up from there.
So, either Robert really lives in Woburn but just not at 4 Oak St., or all the reporters got it wrong and incorrectly listed Woburn as his town because it’s in his whois info. Ohwell…I have four possible phone numbers for Robert in the area so I’ll start digging.
Originally I was a fan of Robert because I was vaguely amused by the whole Dimensional Warp Generator thing. Now that I have around a thousand bounced emails sitting in my inbox he’s really pissed me off.
Just to let everyone know, I have absolutely nothing to do with the “STOP SPAM IN ITS TRACKS!” spam that was sent using inertramblings.com as its return address. It appears that Robert Todino (aka Bill Jones, aka Brian Appel, aka Bob White, aka John Miller) of Woburn, MA sent out the spam and forged my domain. For those of you keeping track, this is the Dimensional Warp Generator guy! So, we all can guess where he got my domain name from.
Either way, I’ve made attempts to contact him and convey my displeasure with the situation. Perhaps he’ll contact me and apologize. Perhaps he doesn’t care. Perhaps he’ll use my domain name again, in which case I’ll be pursuing legal action. After all, I work a mere 10 minutes from his house. I’m still contemplating whether I should stop by and give him a friendly “hello” this evening.