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Security Linux News for Nov 19, 2008

  • Answers Trickle Out as Spammer Networks Remain Compromised (Nov 19, 2008, 19:16)
    Washington Post: "At about 4:30 p.m. Eastern time last Tuesday, the volume of junk e-mail arriving at inboxes around the world suddenly plummeted by about 65 percent...But when McColo was taken offline by its Internet providers, so too were all of the botnet control servers located there, security experts said."

  • Unplugging The World's Biggest Spam Host-- Temporarily (Nov 19, 2008, 18:16)
    A number of stories have been published in the past few days about McColo getting shut down. Reportedly, worldwide spam volumes dropped significantly. McColo then got back online briefly, but was again disconnected due to public pressure.