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, reports Brian Krebs of The Washington Post today.
"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."
During October, an average of 190 billion spam messages were sent daily, said Nilesh Bhandari, a product manager at IronPort, a messaging security company. Yesterday, however, the hourly average dropped to 112 billion, resulting in a 41% decline.
Read full story: The Washington Post
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