U.K. Govt: Spammers Before Downloaders?
The British government plans to suspend the Internet accounts of residents suspected of downloading pirated music and films, according to news reports. But the latest figures on the geographic location spam-spewing zombie PCs suggest the U.K. government might do better to start by disconnecting the nation's most notorious uploaders.
The Associated Press reports that plans announced Tuesday by the British Treasury Minister include blocking access to download sites, and temporarily suspending users' Internet accounts.
The story didn't say how many of Britain's estimated 48.7 million Internet users are suspected of being serial music and movie downloaders. But Security Fix reviewed the 8.8 million Internet addresses around the globe that are on Spamhaus.org's composite block list -- which tracks connections that show strong signs of being spam relays -- and found that roughly 60,000 U.K. systems currently are blasting junk e-mail to the rest of the world on behalf of spammers.
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August 27, 2009; 9:41 AM ET
Categories: Fraud , From the Bunker , Piracy | Tags: U.K. piracy, spamhaus zombies
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