• After McColo takedown, spam surges again

    Posted January 26, 2009 - 12:57 pm

    Spammers have regrouped and are finding ways to send more junk mail despite recent efforts by security experts.
  • The Top 10 stories of 2008: Not business as usual

    Posted December 14, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    What started out as a banking crisis became, in 2008, a story for everyone: retailers, consumers, auto workers -- and tech professionals. Though it wasn't business as usual, some big mergers -- like HP buying EDS -- were executed. Long-awaited products like the Android-based G1 "Google phone" were launched. Standards wars involving file formats like OOXML and hardware technology like Blu-Ray concluded. The battle against spam purveyors like McColo went on ... and on. Microsoft, moving into middle age and struggling to gain ascendance on the Web, was involved in many of the biggest stories of the year. The most influential entrepreneur of our time, Bill Gates, moved on to focus on philanthropy. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, is our pick for the top 10 technology stories of the year.
  • Spam is silenced, but where are the feds?

    Posted November 25, 2008 - 10:42 pm

    Two weeks after McColo was dropped by its network providers, the company's data center remains untouched. That frustrates some security researchers who say that the servers used to control these operations could provide a treasure trove of evidence about cybercriminals.
  • Spam levels fluctuate as crooks try to revive botnets

    Posted November 25, 2008 - 5:24 pm

    The shutdown of California-based McColo Corp., a company that hosted a staggering variety of cybercriminal activity, cut spam by as much as 75% in the first few days. Two weeks later it's unclear whether spammers have resumed their usual practices.
  • Hosting firm takedown bags 500,000 bots

    Posted November 18, 2008 - 5:47 pm

    The shutdown last week of a U.S.-based Web hosting company crippled more than 500,000 bots, or compromised computers, which no longer are able to receive commands from criminals, a security researcher said Tuesday.
  • Dodgy ISP McColo briefly comes online, updates botnet

    Posted November 17, 2008 - 5:33 pm

    Maligned ISP McColo briefly came back online over the weekend -- just long enough to update the Rustock botnet -- before being cut off again.

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