Webhost of Internet Spam Groups goes offline

The volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide dropped drastically today after a Web hosting firm, identified by the computer security community as a major host of organizations engaged in spam activity, was taken offline. While its gleaming, state-of-the-art, 30-story office tower in downtown San Jose, Calif., hardly looks like the staging ground for a full-scale […]

The volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide dropped drastically today after a Web hosting firm, identified by the computer security community as a major host of organizations engaged in spam activity, was taken offline. While its gleaming, state-of-the-art, 30-story office tower in downtown San Jose, Calif., hardly looks like the staging ground for a full-scale cyber crime offensive against America, security experts say a relatively small firm at that location is home to servers that help manage the distribution of the majority of the world's junk e-mail.

According to these experts, the servers are operated by McColo Corp., a Web hosting company that has emerged as a major U.S. staging ground for international firms and syndicates that are involved in everything from the remote management of millions of compromised computers to the sale of counterfeit pharmaceuticals and designer goods, fake security products and child pornography.

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