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From Julian Yap <julianok...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Spam bot Spam seems to be decreasing
Date Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:39:17 GMT
On Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 11:02 AM, Ted Mittelstaedt <tedm@ipinc.net> wrote:

> On 1/11/2011 12:30 PM, Lawrence @ Rogers wrote:
>
>> On 11/01/2011 4:47 PM, Julian Yap wrote:
>>
>>> On Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 11:42 PM, Jeff Chan <jeffc@surbl.org
>>> <mailto:jeffc@surbl.org>> wrote:
>>>
>>>    On Sunday, January 9, 2011, 12:50:12 PM, Lawrence Rogers wrote:
>>>    > On 09/01/2011 4:41 PM, Jari Fredriksson wrote:
>>>    >> On 9.1.2011 18:40, Marc Perkel wrote:
>>>    >>> Just wondering if anyone else is noticing this. Spam bot spam
>>>    is down to
>>>    >>> 1/4 of what it was a year ago. I had noticed my black list
>>>    shrinking.
>>>    >>> But here's some raw data from someone who tracks it.
>>>    >>>
>>>    >>> Now:
>>>    >>>
>>>    >>> http://www.sdsc.edu/~jeff/spam/cbc.html<http://www.sdsc.edu/%7Ejeff/spam/cbc.html>
>>>    <http://www.sdsc.edu/%7Ejeff/spam/cbc.html>
>>>
>>>    >>>
>>>    >>> A year ago:
>>>    >>>
>>>    >>> http://www.sdsc.edu/~jeff/spam/2010/bc-20100109.html<http://www.sdsc.edu/%7Ejeff/spam/2010/bc-20100109.html>
>>>    <http://www.sdsc.edu/%7Ejeff/spam/2010/bc-20100109.html>
>>>
>>>    >>>
>>>    >>> Are we winning?
>>>    >>>
>>>    >> It has been in news also, spam has decreaced since autumn and
>>>    then again
>>>    >> in december. We just have to wait and see if this is permanent.
>>>    >>
>>>    > It has been since the shutdown of Spamit late last year
>>>
>>>    >
>>>
>>> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/8090100/Spam-falls-by-a-fifth-after-Russian-operation-shut-down.html
>>>
>>>    Rustock is spamming again:
>>>
>>>    http://www.spamcop.net/spamgraph.shtml?spamweek
>>>
>>>    http://cbl.abuseat.org/totalflow.html
>>>
>>>
>>> I concur. I see a rise again this week. It really dropped from around
>>> Christmas time.
>>>
>>> - Julian
>>>
>>>
>>>  I get criminals take Christmas off too lol
>>
>>
> Since their victims have usually maxed out their credit cards
> around that time of the year the pickings get slim.
>
> Actually I think the real reason is that it's not the spammers but
> rather the mules that take the time off.  Lots of compromised
> desktop PC's out there in corporations are shut off and idling
> while their users take vacation days.
>
> Ted
>
>  - Lawrence
>>
>
>
I don't think I ever recall seeing such a dramatic drop.  I mean spam levels
were probably as low as 2007 levels.

It would be interesting to run some kind of 'diff'.  Maybe a large spam
network was shut down temporarily and now they're back up elsewhere.

- Julian

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