Six weeks ago, at the end of September, a loose organization of security researchers and network professionals announced that their collective efforts to fight badware had finally borne fruit. After years of complaints and shady dealings, the rogue ISP Atrivo was finally forced offline when the company's last remaining uplink provider severed its business relationship with the beleagured baddie. Later in October, the FTC announced that it had won a major injunction against the international spam operation HerbalKing. Now, on the relative heels of these announcements, comes news of a third major takedown. As of yesterday, the rogue ISP McColo has been taken offline, hopefully for good.
One fun tidbit of information the blog has deigned to release is that McColo had its hands in more than just a sticky, spammy pie. The company's elite clientele included distributors of child pornography, commercial websites to allow purchase and delivery of the same, plus the usual group of thieves, fraudsters, and generally bad people.
I have to say that I'm extremely happy about this news. It's been long overdue for the IT industry to get some good news about the war against Spam and these three takedowns have definitely made a good dent in things.
It's even more encouraging to hear that child pornography sites were taken offline in this latest incident. There aren't words I can come up with to describe just how incredibly disturbed I am by the people that distribute this, and I can certainly assure you that I won't be anything but happy to see it and them vanish from the planet. That might sound cruel, but there are just too many cases of people like this that get set free in the world and cause so very much harm to others. We're better off without them around.