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I was wondering why I was getting so much less spam since last two or three days. Now I know the answer. This is a great example of journalism - as the Washington Post 'Security Fix' Blogger Brian managed to shut down McColo, a US-based hosting provider responsible for 75% worldwide spam. From the blog post:

A U.S. based Web hosting firm that security experts say was responsible for facilitating more than 75 percent of the junk e-mail blasted out each day globally has been knocked offline following reports from Security Fix on evidence gathered about suspicious activity emanating from the network.

For the past four months, Security Fix has been gathering data from the security industry about McColo Corp., a San Jose, Calif., based Web hosting service whose client list experts say includes some of the most disreputable cyber-criminal gangs in business today.

=> Major Source of Online Scams and Spams Knocked Offline

Spam now makes up more than 80% of mail message traffic. The first recognizable e-mail marketing message was sent on 3 May, 1978 to 400 people on behalf of DEC - a now-defunct computer-maker. You can see the first spam message here (archived version) including interview with Thuerk, the sender. From the BBC news page:

Statistics gathered by the FBI suggest that 75% of net scams snare people through junk e-mail. In 2007 these cons netted criminals more than $239m

Statistics suggest that more than 80%-85% of all e-mail is spam or junk and more than 100 billion spam messages are sent every day.

The majority of these messages are being sent via hijacked home computers that have been compromised by a computer virus.

Spam reaches 30-year anniversary