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Spam Rates Recovering From 3FN Takedown

Google published a report on spam rates this past quarter indicating that spam volumes declined roughly 30 percent following the Federal Trade Commission's takedown of the troubled online hosting provider 3FN early last month. Google says spammers have already made up a significant amount of ground, climbing 14 percent from the initial drop.

The stats differ from other figures Security Fix collected about the impact of the 3FN takedown. Google's spam data was drawn from Postini, the company's e-mail security and archiving service.

The following graph shows Postini's view of spam volumes over the past six months:

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Read more about Google's view of spam trends, at their quarterly report, available here.

By Brian Krebs  |  July 1, 2009; 12:54 PM ET
Categories:  Cyber Justice , From the Bunker  | Tags: google postini 3fn ftc  
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Comments

Im curious about the term spam in the report. Does the increase "spam" refer to commericla emails that are violations of the Can Spam act or does it refer to unwanted mail in general?

In either case if it is commercial mail messages with links to sites, I have a solution to decrease the amount of spam in email boxes. It starts with making spam less profitable by making sure people dont see it.

Posted by: Hilbert | July 1, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

For the last 6 months I've been battling spammers who have hijacked one of my websites and are using it as a spam site. They were spamming from the site and hosting over 7000 encrypted files there. Nothing worked to solve the problem - neither I nor the ISP (a BIG one) or a security consultant (ex-Fed) could cure it. The spammers/squatters got PO'ed at us and sent over 1000 emails to my account to annoy me!
We finally moved the domain to another host and are trying to restart the host.
But does anyone really want to cure spam? Doesn't seem like it, since it's a big revenue source to ISPs and hardware/software suppliers to the Internet.
Simply charging a penny per email would cure spam (the only thing Bill Gates and I agree on!) and it would be easy to implement, but nobody wants to lose the revenue from all that spam.
Shame on you Internet suppliers.

Posted by: jeh1 | July 2, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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