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BT, Bulldog, Orange and Tiscali Failing to Tackle SPAM

Posted: 01st Apr, 2008 By: MarkJ
The chief information officer of anti-SPAM (junk email) body Spamhaus, Richard Cox, has criticised BT, Bulldog, Orange (Wanadoo), Tiscali and the government for failing to tackle the problem of SPAM botnets:

Quote from BBC News Online: "There has been minimal activity by many internet service providers, all of whom are blaming the dubious legal situation of spam," he said.

Mr Cox said the battle against spam was being scuppered due to lack of government and law enforcement co-operation across borders. "The spam may come from Bulgaria but if its controlled by somebody in Russia and paid for by someone in the US - who do you prosecute, and in which country? How do you get the evidence into the right country? We're building on this but it's a very slow process."

It is difficult for ISPs to act in such situations, where a customer’s computer has been hijack by a trojan and made to spew out masses of junk e-mail. However, some providers have in the past disconnected customers found to have been infected, although this is rare.

Unfortunately the nature of SPAM makes it very difficult to stop without also removing legitimate messages too; it is not an exact science. Spamhaus agrees that spam may never be defeated completely, yet if countries improved their laws and worked together then perhaps 90% of all e-mail wouldn't be junk.
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