Spam declines after hosting company shutdown

By on November 13, 2008, 4:20 PM
Have you noticed any less spam in your inbox recently? You should, according to a Washington Post report, which claims the volume of junk mail sent worldwide has dropped drastically since the shadowy web hosting firm responsible for much of it was taken offline by two major ISPs yesterday.

Apparently, security experts have been gathering information the past few months about a San Jose-based hosting company called McColo, only to discover it was responsible for coordinating roughly 75 percent of all spam sent each day. More seriously, the newspaper reports that the company was also hosting child pornography web sites for criminal organizations.

Enlisting ISPs in the battle against spam may prove successful for now, but the shutdown is not expected to affect the levels of spam in the long or even medium term, as the activities previously hosted by McColo are likely to be revived elsewhere. Bringing the people behind McColo and other similar operations to justice would make a bigger impact, though thatís certainly easier said than done.

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Zeromus said:
Haha! Thanks to whomever that figured this out. Spam is truly the bare core of evil.
schmange said:
Wish somebody would shut down every spammer permanently. I get over 20,000 spams every month and constantly have to delete graphic porn stuff in a children's forum I moderate. Like, come up with a law making all spam illegal. Shutting down one company isn't going to have any effect at all.
furryface47 said:
Yeah but you have to admit that it is a step in the right direction. It may be the start of a trend. Watch for more spam hosting companies being shut down.
peas said:
govt needs to focus on the war on spam, not silly gimmicks like "war on drugs".
windmill007 said:
Hard to believe one single provider was pumping out that much spam and no one noticed. Look at this chart to see really how much less spam there is [url][/url]
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