Saturday, November 22, 2008

Noticed Less Spam, Junk E-Mail Lately?

WASHINGTON POST -- At roughly 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11, the volume of junk e-mail arriving at inboxes around the world suddenly plummeted by at least 65%, an unprecedented drop caused by what is believed to be a single, simple act.

According to security experts, one Silicon Valley based computer firm was playing host to computers of various organizations that controlled the distribution of much of the world's spam. Confronted with evidence tracing the spam activity back to the hosting firm, McColo Corp., Internet service providers pulled the plug, severing McColo's online connections. By nearly all accounts, spam volumes have remained at far diminished levels, though experts interviewed for this story expect spam to soon bounce back or even exceed previous levels.


HT: Freakonomics

2 Comments:

At 11/22/2008 11:41 PM, Anonymous Rian said...

Unfortunately, the spam network was moved to Russia:

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081119-mccolo-reconnect-highlights-network-security-gap.html

 
At 11/24/2008 11:03 PM, Anonymous James said...

Nope, people still want me to enlarge something or to inherit that large sum of money through Zambian Price Obuhu-impo-chimkala. You may be able to stop a spammer, but you cannot squash an idea. Have spam, will travel.

 

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