Spamhaus's Steve Linford, speaking at the Openwave Messaging Anti-Abuse conference in London, said that Russian criminal organizations are selling information on compromised computers to spammers in the United States to be used as spam proxies. Russian criminal hackers are not bound by anti-spam or hacking laws in their own country, and are not under the jurisdiction of others. 70% of spam comes from Chinese servers used by American spammers and hidden behind firewalls so that Chinese Internet service providers cannot see what they are hosting. Messagelabs reports that spam accounted for 76% of all e-mails in May 2004. Mr. Linford criticized the British and American governments for putting the concerns of the direct marketing industry before their citizens in addressing the spam problem.
Security specialist to add Web-filtering tools
ServGate, a security software and device specialist, will add Web-filtering tools to its package of IT defense applications next week.
The company on Monday said it will begin offering software aimed at helping customers block pop-up ads, inappropriate Web sites and viruses borne by Web browsers. The application will be sold as an add-on module to ServGate's existing products and will cost $895 for 50 users.