Spam coming from ScanSafe? How ironic

Fighting spam. still. And get this… running through the messages, I came across this one:

IP Address:
Name: tournament will soldier unconditionally
Email Address: [email protected]
Very nice. You’re site is very helpful. bad, industrious, faithful nothing comparative to memorizing: memorizing is feature of coolblooded cards, lazy, beautiful, bad nothing comparative to black

Always the curious, so I checked out the IP address….

Record Type: IP Address
Cached Whois: 2006-05-17
IP Location: United Kingdom United Kingdom – Scansafe
Reverse DNS:
Blacklist Status: Clear
Whois Record
inetnum: –
netname: SCAN-US-SCS1
descr: ScanSafe SCS1
country: US
admin-c: SO971-RIPE
tech-c: SO971-RIPE
mnt-by: SCAN-MNT
source: RIPE # Filtered
role: Scansafe Ops
address: 198 High Holborn
United Kingdom

No way. ScanSafe? The people that actually try to protect you? And they even provide Spyware Screening as a service. We assume that they use their own products so it’s amusing that they were compromised somehow. Oh well. Again, someone internally was clicking on stuff they weren’t supposed to and provided a zombie computer for the spammers to take hold.