Steve Linford of the Spamhaus Project is speaking at the ITU WSIS Thematic Meeting on Cybersecurity on the first day which is concentrating on countering spam. Some of his remarks:
- Spamhaus blocks approximatley 8 billion spam messages per day
- They estimate there are 4 million infected zombie machines which have been compromised with 60-100,000 newly infected per week
- These are used to launch Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Attacks
- This is increasingly a criminal activity with "spam supermarkets"
- Mostly American and Russian spammers using Chinese hosting. These are technically smart users who firewall their sites from their hosting companies.
- Spammers in Russia are more criminal than US counterparts. They are involved in
- The largest Russian ISP, Rostelecom says they cannot terminate accounts as Russian law does not permit it.
- Australian spam laws are best in the world, penalties are high enough to make a dent in spam
- Consumer confidence in the Internet is dropping every day
- Spam is a cancer and it is fast killing the Internet
Some of Steve's conclusions include:
- You must ban and not regulate spam
- Governments must give resources to law enforcement agencies
- Make it criminal for ISPs to host spammers
- Require a 24 hour point of contact for all ISPs to terminate problems
- Educate users to not reply to spam
The meeting is also being audiocast live over the Internet. Mr. Linford's talk is the beginning of Session 2.