Anti-spam group the Spamhaus Project has criticised telecom supplier MCI for allowing spammers to use its network to distribute spamware.
Spamhaus has demanded that MCI pull the plug on the www.send-safe.com website, hosted on MCI’s network, claiming that it is being used to distribute spam via proxy computers, also known as zombies.
The owner of the proxy computer does not know their PC is infected with malware, in this case spamware. Such malware is carried by worms and viruses spread over the internet.
MCI has defended its refusal to pull the spamware website off its network on the basis that it is hosted by another company that is simply renting space on its network.
Spamhaus claims that the hosting company is commercially linked to the Send-Safe spammers.
Spamhaus estimates that currently 75% of all e-mail is spam. The UN says that spam costs users around £14bn a year to deal with.
The full Spamhaus report on Send-Safe can be found at: