It was nice while it lasted

Did anyone notice a slight drop in the amount of spam they’ve been receiving recently? I did, and I put it down to this news

Upstream service to US-based McColo Corporation was terminated sometime Tuesday, according to researchers from Arbor Networks, which monitors internet traffic, and other firms. Hurricane Electric, one of McColo’s upstream providers, told Brian Krebs’s Security Fix blog it cut off service after it was presented with evidence demonstrating the magnitude of nuisance its customer represented.

Representatives of McColo didn’t return a phone call seeking comment.

According to a host of independent security experts, McColo represented a key link in a notorious chain of other network providers that catered to spammers, botnet operators and malware purveyors. Some researchers claimed McColo provided the connectivity that was responsible for more than half the world’s spam. McColo’s dissolution was immediately followed by a marked decrease in spam and botnet activity, they said.

That was nice, wasn’t it? Spammers being removed from the intertubes, and then hopefully being punched repeatedly in the kidneys. I’d pay good money to see that…

But then, over the last day or so, I’ve noticed that I’ve been receiving more of the slightly annoying welcome to be having a nice sex type spam. Which does not please me.

Damn botnets are like zombies… Someone hits ‘em, and they keep coming back


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