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FTC Pulls ISP 3FN Offline For Spam, Scumware – You won’t be missed…

Friday, May 21st, 2010

This sounds like a long overdue response to a brazen spammer/phisher …

According to Network World, the FTC managed to get a Judge to pull notorious ISP 3FN online after a long history of hosting spam, botnets, phishing and assorted other malicious content. The ISP’s networking and server hardware have been seized and will be auctioned off, and the ISP is also being forced to pay $1.08 million to the FTC. The FTC began the process back in June 2009 when a court issued a preliminary injunction against 3FN. At the time, spam volumes dropped by roughly 15% but quickly recovered as other unethical, cash-crazed nitwits rushed in to fill the void. More recently, the FTC showed the court “transcripts of instant-message logs from the defendants’ senior employees discussing the configuration of botnets with bot herders,” according to Network World.
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Phishing servers being killed off faster than ever

Friday, May 14th, 2010

… and it’s about time too!

A report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) examining phishing behavior in the second half of 2009 suggested that ISPs and domain registrars are becoming more effective at taking down phishing domains. Most phishing attacks appear to originate from Eastern Europe, with one organization responsible for about two thirds of all attacks.

The period in question saw a large increase in phishing activity. Attacks appeared to hold fairly steady between the first half of 2008 and first half of 2009, but in the most recent monitored period, phishing attacks have more than doubled, from 55,000 to just under 127,000.