Soft Eden is an illegal software piracy operation, running on a fast-flux botnet of illegally hijacked hosts. This botnet is primarily located in Hong Kong as shown in the geographical fingerprint chart (geo-print).
Leo Kuvayev is believed to be the ringleader of one of the world's biggest spam gangs. He and six business partners were fined $37 million as a result of a lawsuit brought by the Massachusetts attorney general. They were responsible for millions of unsolicited e-mails per day.
Kuvayev is also behind countless phishing and mule recruiting sites hosted on botnets.
Kuvayev is also believed to be operating under the alias "Alex Rodrigez". Under this alias, he has registered hundreds of domains through various registrars to illegally sell software, prescription drugs, and more.
Report software piracy to
- Adobe: piracy at adobe.com
- Microsoft: piracy at microsoft.com
- Corel: nopiracy at corel.com
- Borland: reportpiracy at borland.com
- Business Software Alliance: http://bsa.org
SOFT EDEN sample domains
- hultrot.com (18 July 2007)
- tyledav.com (1 Aug 2007)
- wynomare.com (18 July 2007)
 Samples of the spam
Downloadable Software (DS) is a fast-growing company with a high quality software. You've come to the right place if you need professionally implemented programming solutions for your usage. Thousands of contented customers have already benefited from our products and solutions. Hundreds are joining this community every day. Ginsburg, the report's lead author and We deliver superior software products and services that empower our partners and customers to dramatically improve their development, deployment, integration and management of quality applications all over the world.and 3-year-old VIEW ALL PRODUCTS with get-smart Most popular products : videos or older children Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise of Wilmette, Ill. Retail Price $899.00 drive to Our $79.95 the report says. Microsoft Windows Vista Business in the shuffle, Retail Price $299.00 she says, she Our $79.95 children are plopped in . . .
The italicized words are printed white-on-white so as to be invisible to the human eye, but not to the spam filters. They are designed to get past Bayesian keyword spam filtering.
Note the reference to Downloadable Software in the first line.
Q: What is OEM? Why your prices so low? A: OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) means you will receive the installation distributives only with Required Activation information without expensive retail BOX packing and without manual. We do guarantee that all programs are the 100% full working retail versions - no demos or academic versions! Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise retail price: $899.00 sale price: $79.95 Microsoft Windows Vista Business retail price: $299.00 sale price: $79.95 Adobe Acrobat 8.0 Professional retail price: $449.00 sale price: $79.95 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended retail price: $999.00 sale price: $89.95 . . .
First noticed in July 2007.
Microsoft's response to reports:
Several suspicious software operations around the globe are marketing their suspicious goods through spam email advertisements. Spam email is unsolicited commercial email otherwise known as junk mail. In an attempt to mask their location, these counterfeit organizations change their name and email sources daily. The basic contents of the email remain the same: "Microsoft Software Offered at Cheap Prices."
The advertisers use terms like "Original Equipment Manufacturer" ("OEM") software, as an attempt to explain why the offered software is so inexpensive. Spammers also include random dictionary words and paragraphs of text throughout their email to avoid anti-spam filtering technology.
Microsoft is working to educate partners and consumers about the risks of getting software from suspicious sources. We are investigating the sources of these operations and are doing everything in our power to stop this kind of activity.
Purchasing from known and trusted sources and avoiding "too-good-to-be-true deals" are the best ways to avoid suspicious software offers.
Here are some suspect signs to look for:
Beware of spam emails offering software prices that are too good to be true.
Beware of offers requesting the wiring of money to foreign banking institutions.
Beware of software shipping into the United States from overseas.
 Domain names
Registration Service Provided By: CRISP NAMES, INC. Domain Name: WYNOMARE.COM Registrant: N/A Jeanne Sturtevant (firstname.lastname@example.org) 820 Queens Park DR Owings Mills Maryland,21117 US Tel. +4.4436909050 Creation Date: 18-Jul-2007 Expiration Date: 18-Jul-2008 Domain servers in listed order: ns0.chitionkdetunlionpsa.com ns0.piotiongandesunkdes.com ns0.gedsactunjerion.com ns0.fionkunjerunhedase.com
 Observations about the website
 False: Certificates
None of the certification logos are actual links, just images
 False: Payment security
Purchase page asks for your credit card details at http://wynomare.com/purchase.php but this unsecure http page states:
*** This site supports 128-bit secure connection encryption for greater security. *** Any information passed through 128-bit SSL connection is safe and protected. *** All fraudulent transactions will be investigated and prosecuted in accordance with applicable law.
 E-mail contact information
Contact Us email address is email@example.com
 How to Report this Spam
The Complainterator is configured to report OEM software piracy to the registrars
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
 Related Spammed sites
 Related spam types
Soft Eden has been observed running on a fast-flux network. A sample snap-shot of host addresses at one time
22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52 184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52 184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52
A similar snapshot of a Penis Enlarge Patch web site at the same time
184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52 184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52 184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11 18.104.22.168
This same fast-flux network is shared by the Anatrim Family, Canadian Pharmacy and Pharmsite