I was recently pointed towards www.reportspammers.net, which is a good resource for all things spam related and is steadily increased the quantity and quality of the information available. As much as I like the statistics that can be gathered from honeypot systems, live and real stats are even better and the data utilised by Report Spammers is taken from the email clusters run by Email Cloud.
One of the first resources released was the global map showing active spam sources (static image below), it is updated hourly and the fully interactive version can be found here.
In addition to the global map, Report Spammers also lists the most recent spamvertised sites seen on it’s mail clusters. I’m undecided with the ‘name and shame’ methodoly due to the risk of false postives, but if your looking for examples of spamvertised sites it will prove a good resource (and one I intend to delve deeper into next time I’m bored). Just beware, sites that actively advertise via spam are rarely places that you want to point you home browser at, you have been warned.
If you are wanting a resource to explain spam and the business model behind it Report Spammers could be a good starting point. It even has the ability to explain spam to non-infosec types that still think spam comes in tins. Keep this in mind next time you need to run another information security awareness campaign.
— Andrew Waite