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Old Nov 13th, 2008, 08:50 AM   #1
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Spam Volumes Drop by 2/3 After Firm Goes Offline

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The volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide plummeted on Tuesday after a Web hosting firm identified by the computer security community as a major host of organizations engaged in spam activity was taken offline. (Note: A link to the full story on McColo's demise is available here.)

Experts say the precipitous drop-off in spam comes from Internet providers unplugging McColo Corp., a hosting provider in Northern California that was the home base for machines responsible for coordinating the sending of roughly 75 percent of all spam each day.

In an alert sent out Wednesday morning, e-mail security firm IronPort said:
In the afternoon of Tuesday 11/11, IronPort saw a drop of almost 2/3 of overall spam volume, correlating with a drop in IronPort's SenderBase queries. While we investigated what we thought might be a technical problem, a major spam network, McColo Corp., was shutdown, as reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday evening.

Spamcop.net's graphic shows a similar decline, from about 40 spam e-mails per second to around ten per second -- if I'm reading that graphic correctly.
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Old Nov 15th, 2008, 06:59 AM   #2
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I saw it happen. Normally I download to my PB1400 in the early morning leaving everything on the server. Then I go through and trash the spam off the server before I ever get onto my good machine. Usually I am sifting through from 50 to 90 messages composed of list serve responses, private email and spam spam.

All week I have been down to 25 to 30 messages with very little spam.

So nice....
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I rarely promote this aspect of MobileMe because I can't be 100% certain of it, but I have to say that since becoming a member, spam is simply not much of a problem for me. I probably get, on a typical day, about four spams -- and every single one of them go straight to the junk folder.

I did notice the day the spam died -- I only got one!

Some of you who have MobileMe (or GMail, which I also hear is pretty good with spam) should consider it for this alone -- I use my real email address almost everywhere, and it's still very rarely that a spam manages to get through the filter.
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Some of you who have MobileMe (or GMail, which I also hear is pretty good with spam) should consider it for this alone -- I use my real email address almost everywhere, and it's still very rarely that a spam manages to get through the filter.
I use MobileMe, Gmail, and Hotmail, as well as two work addresses, and some accounts on my server.

Spam is not really an issue with any of them. Mail app catches most spam for my server accounts, and the online accounts deal with it very nicely. Gmail seems to stop absolutely everything though, and Hotmail lets a few through here and there. But overall, it's not a huge problem.

It's more to do with how much your e-mail address it out there on the web though. If you don't post it online anywhere, and your friends don't enter it into social networking sites, then you won't be on the spam radar nearly as much.
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The one account that gets SPAM is back to and beyond normal levels. Knew it was too good to last.
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Nature abhors a vacuum.
Wouldn't that be "SPAMcuum?"
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My mail with Telus is pretty good. Lately only a few per week, mostly the "your e-mail address has won the lottery" type of thing.
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