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The Definition of Irony

Despite being one of the most targeted spam products, it seems that spammers can't get enough of Viagra (made by Pfizer) and other associated drugs. In an ironic twist, spammers have been using systems within Pfizer's network to send out Viagra spam, at least according to Support Intelligence - the Information Security company that first identified the source for the spam.

It seems that the information was first reported in April, but it has taken until recently for the information to become widespread about the presence of the spam-spewing zombies within the corporate network. The irony of Pfizer systems spamming innocent Internet users about fake Viagra is somewhat overshadowed by the apparent poor security of the corporate network, with more than 130 systems spewing spam from within Pfizer. Another aspect of the poor system security is the reporting of a breach affecting identity data for 34,000 current and former Pfizer workers - the third such reported breach in recent months.

While the argument might be that Pfizer is being more honest in their reporting of their data breaches, the information put forward by Support Intelligence suggests that Pfizer may be having difficulty in maintaining effective security of their systems.

Support Intelligence have become well known for their identification and reporting of compromised spam-spewing zombies within corporate networks, usually within very large corporate networks.

12 September 2007

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