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International Effort Urges ISPs to Guard Against "Spam Zombies"

Government agencies from more than 20 countries today kicked off an international campaign to convince Internet service providers to do a better job of blocking spam and other suspicious or malicious traffic flowing over their networks.

The campaign, dubbed "Operation Spam Zombies," sent action letters to more than 3,000 ISPs around the globe, urging them to take more aggressive steps to preventing their customers' PCs from being hijacked by spammers. U.S. government agencies taking part in this project include the Federal Trade Commission and the departments of Commerce and Homeland Security.

Many of the nation's largest ISPs already take most -- if not all -- of the protective measures outlined in the campaign, such as limiting the amount of e-mail any one customer can send at once, quarantining customer computers that appear to be disseminating large amounts of spam, and giving customers easy to use tools and pointers for keeping their computers secure. Still, many of the more than 7,000 U.S.-based ISPs are relatively small companies that may not have the resources or time to police their networks more thoroughly.

The FTC's participation in the ISP education initiative follows several other recent campaigns, including 2004's "Operation Secure Your Server."

The FTC's latest initiative will no doubt spark discussions at ISPCON, a conference going on in Baltimore this week that focuses on various issues facing small to mid-sized ISPs. Shameless plug: I will be participating in that conference at the 11 a.m. keynote on Wednesday, interviewing Howard Schmidt, the former White House cyber-security czar who just left his job as head of security for eBay.

By Brian Krebs  |  May 24, 2005; 1:05 PM ET
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Two good links on Spam are:
Lists known spammers
How they get through

Posted by: Ben Bromiley | May 26, 2005 1:50 PM | Report abuse

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