The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Friday, August 18, 2006

EV1/ThePlanet takes action against spammers

Or claims to anyway. On Monday, Chris Newcomb, the Abuse Department Manager of EV1 send a message to the group announcing that,,, and were no longer on their network and would SPEWS please remove the EV1/ThePlanet listings.

Newcomb has announced that he's the new manager of the EV1 abuse desk, and although he can't speak for the previous administration, it looks like there's a new sheriff in town.

On the flip side, one poster points out that EV1 is still hosting such gems as and and many others.

Still, it is a step in the right direction.


Anonymous gerwin said...

It's about time! [Daydream mode] Now if only the koreans and chinese would follow. [/Daydream mode]. Our abuse department is being frustrated by abuse email being ignored in some countrys. Spam will stay for a long time i'm afraid :(

3:48 AM  
Blogger Cameron said...

It's a nice gesture, but just a distraction from EV1's real spam issue.

I haven't seen a lot of spammer hosting there. But EV1 has been the biggest single source of phish spam in my mailboxes for a long time. They'll rent servers to anybody, and then pay no attention to what they're doing.

So their customers are hosting tens of thousands of way down-rev CMSes and Squirrel Mails etc. These things get compromised as easily as a Windoze box.

When one in a million spams generates a valid complaint, and any particular bot might send a few thousand spams per hour, it's not reasonable to depend on incoming complaints to detect these things. A network as big as EV1 needs its own collection of spamtraps. It needs to be scanning domains hosted by its customers for signs of down-rev well known exploitable scripts.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No... ThePlanet is doing nothing.
Abuse Desk is sitting on their butts, ignoring emails and let automated replies doing their work. Support isnt able to do anything anf as long as $$$ are flowing it will not change.

2:02 AM  

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