Some readers may have noticed that in last few days fewer
spam mails or junk mails went through their mailbox. That is because the
Internet Service provider ISP called McColo was shut down Tuesday by upstream
provider Hurricane Electric. An ISP is a web company that provides web hosting service to businesses and individuals.
McColo was reportedly responsible for 35 to 70 percent of
the world's total spam. The ISP was not necessarily directly involved in
sending any spam, but it hosted websites that were run by spammers who sent
spam mails. Sending spam can be a highly profitable business. Some spammers earn millions of dollars
a year unless they get caught.
Spamming is a huge problem for the Internet.
It causes huge loss of productivity.
The time and effort lost by many businesses
and individuals could be in a matter of billions of U.S. dollars.
But no internet giant ever thinks seriously
to make an email server to prevent spamming.
Google webmail has filters which more often than not
filter out legitimate emails to junk mailbox while occasionally allowing spam
mails to get into the inbox.
thing happens to other major web mail services like hotmail.com and yahoo.com.
Bill Gates had reportedly vowed early probably in 2006 to
make an electronic messaging system to block all types of junk emails or spam
mails once forever. But there has been no reporting that he had done anything
about it and now he has officially retired.
Experts said the spam reduction that occurred last week may
be short-lived. Spammers will find new web hosts to do their mass mailing again
soon from somewhere.
After all, many web
hosting companies need income in the poor economy.
Those who want to completely block spam may use some
email services that require confirmation. That is, after a sender sends an
email to the recipient, the system will send a notice to the sender asking him
to manually confirm that he has indeed sent the email. Such service providers
But it comes
with an annual fee.
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