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Good news for a change: Spam falls drastically
Thread poster: Nesrin

Nesrin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Nov 13, 2008

I was seriously beginning to worry last week, when I started receiving only 2-3 emails in my spam folder overnight. I thought - if that's happening, I may not be receiving some genuine messages addressed to me.

Then I read this on the BBC website this morning. Unbelievable how the closure of one company can have such an effect:

Spam plummets as gang leaves net

The closure of a web hosting firm that is believed to have had spam gangs as clients has led to a drastic reduction in junk mail.

Two US internet service providers have pulled the plug on the firm McColo following an investigation by the Washington Post newspaper.

Anti-spam firm Ironport has seen junk mail levels drop by 70% since McColo was taken offline on 11 November.

But, it warned, it will be a temporary respite from the menace of spam.

"It is an unprecedented drop but will be a temporary outage as the networks move from North America to places where there is less scrutiny," said Jason Steer, a spokesman for Ironport.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7725492.stm


Oh well, so it's a short respite, but let's enjoy it while we can!


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
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19 since early morning Nov 13, 2008

This seems to be true, usually I get some 70 messages. Hope it lasts for a while.
Regards
Heinrich


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William [Bill] Gray  Identity Verified
Norway
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WONDERFUL NEWS! Nov 13, 2008

Thanks for posting, Nesrin!

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Dinny  Identity Verified
Greece
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Funny, for me it's just the opposite Nov 13, 2008

I have been very proud of my Yahoo mail for a very long time, spam was down to something like 1-2 per WEEK, and occasionally I would see that a genuine message addressed to me was the ONE in my spam folder.

After the global financial crisis started showing its teeth a month or so ago I have been getting something like 4-5 spam mails every day, people offering me to earn a quick buck or a fortune by doing almost nothing.

The last few days though silence has returned to my spam folder. You might just have given me the answer to why that happened, Nesrin, thanks!


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Alexandra Goldburt
Local time: 02:09
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No I know... Nov 13, 2008

...why the penis enlargement people have finally left me alone!

Thanks for posting the explanation, Nesrin.


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Sonja Kroll  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 11:09
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Almost a pity! ;) Nov 14, 2008

> ...the penis enlargement people...

They kept pestering me as well. I found it funny to observe the hundreds of different formulations for this idea, even thought about making a little best of. Now I was astonished to see the constant announcements that my "tool" would be a giant tomorrow cease so suddenly. So this is the reason – thanks!


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xxxJPW  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:09
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Happily Nov 14, 2008

I can report the same. I was getting a lot of spam these last few months (after never having been affected at all) and now it's down to one or even none a day, thank god. What a scourge and a spoil of a great form of communication. Track them down, close their sites and hang 'em high.

Thanks for posting the story, Nesrin.


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Kristina Kolic  Identity Verified
Croatia
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Good news, indeed Nov 14, 2008

We can only hope for this truce to last

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xxxJPW  Identity Verified
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Check out this link (and weep) Nov 17, 2008

If you thought that sending spam was limited to spotty teenagers up to a 'bit of mischief' in their spare time, then this article (and the sums of money involved) will truly make your eyes water...not sure if the person/company in the BBC article from the original post is in here or not, but still I found it staggering:

One of them was sending out around 25 million spam messages a day.

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=105841


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