‘Alas poor McColo I knew them well’ - so does anyone on the planet who receives email / spam.
McColo was host to the world’s major spam botnets (an estimated 50% of spam worldwide), malware, rogue PC security products, cybercrime affiliate payment systems, and child pornography.
The study published by HostExploit.com was based on tracking and documenting the ongoing cyber criminal activity of McColo and others. Get the report here. HostExploit Report
Following Hurricane Electric's awareness of the report's content, at approximately 4:30pm EST 11/11/08 Hurricane Electric pulled the plug. Just to check on this see the chart from SpamCop below. Yes a huge drop in spam as just one example!
Of course not over yet -
net 126.96.36.199/18 =
AS6939 HURRICANE Electric. Our favorite ‘CoolWebSearch hijackers’ are still online.
However, we can assume Hurricane Electric will get around to this 188.8.131.52/18 net block and GBLX is also acting in unison.
Again this is an excellent example of a growing community effort, involving a wide cross section of anti-spammers, malware and botnet researchers, journalists, and Internet network operators. When considering the ongoing war for the heart and soul of the Internet; “Not the end not the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning”?