China, $700 puts a spammer in business

May 10, 2009

It’s a great deal, if you’re a spammer.

You pay US$700 to use a server in China that lets you send all the spam you like. It’s called bulletproof hosting, and to the people who fight spam and cybercrime it’s becoming a big problem.

Cybercriminals use these services not just to host servers, but also to register Internet domain names that they use for spam and online attacks. In a three-month period this year, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham traced more than 22,300 domains, all used to send online pharmaceutical spam, to just six bulletproof computers hosted in China, ….

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