Posted by: paragon | November 18, 2008

Spam source taken off line

Fighting spam just got a little easier

Monday, November 17, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Last week, a web hosting service that was a significant source of spam was taken offline by the combined efforts of Security Fix and several Internet providers. Google would like to congratulate Security Fix for leading this effort and striking another blow in the battle to stamp out spam on the web. The removal of this service helps “clean up” the web for everyone, and dovetails with efforts like Google’s to make web communications safer and more secure in all of the ways that people use it.

We‘ll continue to monitor spam traffic, as we always do, but here’s what we’ve seen in the past few days:

On November 11, when the spam source was taken down, we saw a 70% drop in spam from levels seen at the beginning of the month. However, we’ve seen drops like this before. In late July this year there was a similar drop that was reversed within a few days.

Gmail servers, which also noticed a drop in spam on November 11, are now showing an upward trend as new sources of spam, as always, continue to emerge.
The team at Google stays “on guard” as the fight continues!

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