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11/13/2008 03:54 AM ID: 74801 Permalink   

Spam Host Shut Down - Spam Reduced by 50% in One Day

 

Thousands of pieces of spam were stopped in its tracks on Tuesday when a hosting site known for relaying spam was shut down. Reports indicate that all spam was reduced by as much as 50% within one day of the site's demise.

San Jose, Calif.-based hosting site, McColo, was shut off by the site's upstream provider. McColo is believed to be responsible for up to 75% of all spam email. Upstream provider Hurricane Electric shut off service to McColo at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

It is speculated that spammers may now regroup in Eastern Europe according to Adam O'Donnell, who posted on the ZDNet Zero Day blog. A similar shutdown occurred in September when Intercage/Ativo was nixed by its upstream providers.

 
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  16 Comments
  
  A short reprieve...  
 
...is better than no reprieve at all. Too bad these asses couldn't be shut down permanently.
 
  by: vash_the_stampede     11/13/2008 04:04 AM     
  I noticed  
 
that following the shut down, my spam was reduced by about 90% or more.
 
  by: HeadlineNews     11/13/2008 04:07 AM     
  I have almost...  
 
given up on opening my mails these days due to spam, really fed up of it.
 
  by: captainJane     11/13/2008 04:09 AM     
  @ Captainjane  
 
If you're tired of spam, get an account at Inbox.com. Their very customizable spam filtering is the best I've ever used. Plus, you get a 5GB mailbox for free. You can get a 30GB mailbox for a yearly fee.
 
  by: HeadlineNews     11/13/2008 04:11 AM     
  why  
 
do people send spam in the first place....? whats in it for them...?
 
  by: momto2   11/13/2008 04:48 AM     
  money  
 
aparently spam actually works. Not hugely but about 28 per 100,000 odd messages apparently. considering they send out billions of messages per day it actually does work out into the hundreds of millions for them per year.
 
  by: ssxxxssssss   11/13/2008 05:01 AM     
  about the ISP  
 
the isp was based in California, and called Mccolo. they apparently had their fingers in more than one pie, too. they had spammers galore, child pornography with commercial software for sale of said kiddo porn, phishing websites, an IP belonging to the isp was responsible for the release of the Sinowal trojan, which ultimately stole around 500k credit card numbers and their accompanying information. apparently they are in turn owned by a company in russia? (what that implies, ive no idea..)

this is all just random crap i google-fu'd because i was lacking in something to do.

http://www.crn.com/...
http://www.webmasterworld.com/...
http://forums.digitalpoint.com/...

^^^ some links that have all i mentioned, plus mebbe a little more i missed.
 
  by: elijah4twenty     11/13/2008 06:01 AM     
  one more link i forgot to add  
 
http://arstechnica.com/...


that one is a graph from SpamCop of reports being filed about spam, as they are received. you can see right at the end of the graph apparently where Mccolo was taken out of the picture. the drop in spam reports was ridiculous.
 
  by: elijah4twenty     11/13/2008 06:09 AM     
  from the source  
 
"They're obviously doing bad things online and we don't want that on our network," said Benny Ng, director of infrastructure for Hurricane Electric.

Well if it's so freaking obvious what the hell took them so long to do something about it?

Why does it practically take an act of congress to shut these punks down? Don't the people at Hurricane Electric have chideren?
 
  by: VermiciousG     11/13/2008 06:19 AM     
  @captainJane  
 
Simple solution would be Gmail. I see maybe one piece of spam make it through to my inbox about once every few months. It's great!
 
  by: pcXXXtreme   11/13/2008 07:21 AM     
  Hang them all!  
 
How can they face the mirror every mornibg?! Jerks
 
  by: Torturor   11/13/2008 10:27 AM     
  @momto2, ssxxxssssss  
 
Yeah, ssxxxssssss is 'on the money' with that one: Some people, usually the internet-uninitiated, do actually reply to spam e-mails and send the money asked for to help out the Nigerian who has assets tied up in a foreign bank or something.

http://www.thescambaiter.com/...

^ You often hear about potential victims who are 'rescued' by those guys.
 
  by: Jucashii_Revenant   11/13/2008 10:45 AM     
  Less Spam!  
 
Maybe that Algerian Lottery thing was real?

Nah. I'll just go for whatever the hell 'male enhancement' does.
 
  by: zatonado001     11/13/2008 09:25 PM     
  @Jucashii_Revenant  
 
Another great site is http://www.419eater.com

There are some hall of fame stories on there that are hilarious!
 
  by: doogrin   11/14/2008 03:07 AM     
  Funny thing about scam baiting.  
 
Me and a buddy been doing it for years and never new there was a whole movement. My friend Jay strung this Nigerian guy on for weeks.

I realize that it's actually rather cruel but seriously, can any man afford that kind of arrogance?
 
  by: VermiciousG     11/14/2008 04:53 AM     
  I  
 
I love the hall of fame on 419. My fav is the time Shiver me Timbers? got the guy to tattoo "mark of timbers" or something on himself. DAMN that's funny
 
  by: JayWar   11/15/2008 11:49 PM     
 
 
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