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2008-11-13T22:32:39Z
Here’s the type of headline we all like to see. ISP McColo was taken down on Tuesday by upstream provider Hurricane Electric, rendering McColo’s downstream ISP without most of its Internet traffic. Hurricane Electric terminated McColo’s service shortly after a group of notable security researchers and vendors released a report showing that McColo and a few other ISPs were hosting Web sites known to cater to child pornography and malware. The report also alleged that McColo was known for carrying some of the world’s largest botnets.

After the takedown, experts immediately noticed a significant decrease in the level of spam worldwide. That drop was at least 35%. The exact figure is still debatable, but experts speculate that the ISP was responsible for anywhere between 35% and 70% of the world’s total spam.

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s we’d expect, companies such as McAfee are certainly happy about the shutdown:
"We've certainly enjoyed the reduction in spam the last couple of days," said Dave Marcus, security research manager for McAfee. "This organization was responsible for a lot of malicious activity. Putting them out of business was the right thing to do."

Experts say the drop could last for several days. That’s the good news / bad news: drops in spam activity are nice, but they’re never permanent. McColo's customers will likely regroup and find other providers through which they can carry their attacks. The other good news is that this drop has lasted for about 48 hours, which is a record for spammers.

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Hurricane Electric for taking a stance, and hope other providers will continue to disassociate themselves with ISPs that cater to illicit content. Researchers are continuing work to unveil shady ISPs. Contrary to popular conceptions, many Internet providers hosting spam are located on U.S. shores. We’re rooting for the good guys. After all, no one enjoys hoards of spam.

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Super Dave
2008-11-14T00:11:17Z

Bravo![:D] I wish this kind of news was more prevalent.

bob_on_the_cob
2008-11-14T00:25:13Z

Its true! I only have 1284 messages in my spam folder.

Dave_HH
2008-11-14T10:00:27Z

Agreed, any time they bust a spam outlet, is a good time.

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2008-11-14T11:01:42Z

Who says that the only news you hear anymore is bad news?  WTG Hurricane Electric!

shanewu
2008-11-14T11:16:38Z

Hurricane Electric FTW ... finally a Hurricane with good news attached to it! Encore! Encore!!!!

Endersothergame
2008-11-14T14:47:33Z

Agreed, I like to see it when spam goes away, is alwasy a good thing.  MY firewall doesn't have to work as hard to keep my junk folder empty

nelsoncp21
2008-11-14T16:49:32Z

 freaking awesome. maybe others will start to follow suite.

ice_73
2008-11-15T15:23:02Z

now if we can only some how block internet to nigerian scamers. 

Ivana Swallowit
2008-11-17T16:18:26Z

 

My Spam folder is also breathing a sigh of relief.

tanka12345
2008-11-21T15:09:18Z

It's a good step, but the effects are only minimal with all the other spammers out there 😞

....Who knows, your current ISP could be one!

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