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World's Spam Drops by 75-percent

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This week, an ISP in northern California named McColo was shutdown after an investigation on its services rendered the company as a prime host for most of the world’s spam. The shutdown occurred on Tuesday the 11th, and security firms everywhere saw an immediate drop of 75-percent on active email spam—globally.

At this time, it is unclear whether or not legal authorities are going after McColo. The Washington post reported that both the FBI and the Secret Service was contacted, but neither gave any comments. It is well known that major spam operations are part of internet stings performed by law enforcement State side.

According to reports from many ISPs and security firms around the globe, the huge drop off in spam levels was a result of other major backbones taking their links to McColo offline. According to the charts however, spam levels are already on the incline.

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    ckthecerealkiller , November 13, 2008 5:42 PM
    Doesn't surprise me... Someone else will take over the spam industry though, as implied above.
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    Anonymous , November 13, 2008 6:19 PM
    The link as well as most posts state that it is 2/3 down, so 66%, not 75.
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    LkS , November 13, 2008 6:36 PM
    The link as well as most posts state that it is 2/3 down, so 66%, not 75.

    Still an incredible figure though.
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    JohnnyMash , November 13, 2008 7:12 PM
    McColo? McColon! Die quietly, don't come back.
    But you just know that someone will see the 'gap in the market' and just plug it up with their own services. Enjoy it while it lasts.
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    crockdaddy , November 13, 2008 7:39 PM
    If it (SPAM) did not work it would not be used. It takes the ignorant out there to make SPAM a useful tool.
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    zodiacfml , November 14, 2008 1:29 AM
    Pathetic ISP, just to make more money.