Screw You McColo - we'll take away your internet access!!!
from your friends over at theysuck.org
Web Host of Groups That Traffic Spam Kicked Offline
By Brian Krebs washingtonpost.com Staff Writer | Thursday, November 13, 2008; Page D01
The volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide may have dropped drastically yesterday after a Web-hosting firm, identified by many in the computer security community as a major host of organizations engaged in spam activity, was taken offline.
McColo, a San Jose Web-hosting company that, according to computer security experts, serves as a U.S. staging ground for international firms that sell a variety of items, including counterfeit pharmaceuticals and child pornography, ceased operations after two Internet providers blocked Web access.
SecureWorks, an Atlanta security-services provider, estimates that McColo was responsible for 75 percent of all spam sent in the United States each day.
Global Crossing, a Bermuda company with U.S. operations in New Jersey and one of the two companies that provided Internet access to McColo, would not say why it cut off the company, but said Global Crossing's policy prohibits "malicious activity."
Benny Ng, director of marketing for Hurricane Electric, a Fremont, Calif., company that served as McColo's other Internet provider, said it decided to block the host firm after reading about allegations against McColo.
"We shut them down," Ng said. "We looked into it a bit, saw the size and scope of the problem . . . Within the hour, we had terminated all of our connections to them." read more
This is absolutely wonderful! Hopefully other providers will follow suit. Because, as we all know, SPAM Sucks!!!
Opinion update: Well, after talking to my boss, he isn't very optimistic about the lower spam loads. He says they'll just go somewhere else. This is unfortunate, but realistic.
As times get tougher and the discount hosts get bigger, more and more companies will sell out and host the spammers.