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Men are officially the worst… top-level domain

The internet has a case of .men behaving badly, based on new data from international watchdog Spamhaus. In a listing of the top ten worst top-level domains compiled by Spamhaus, .men has come top, followed somewhat bizarrely by .GQ, which is the country code for Equatorial Guinea but also happens to be the name of a famous men …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jun 2018

Spanish cops snatch suspected top spammer as US moves against Kelihos botnet

Police in Barcelona have arrested a man suspected of being one of the web's top spammers and the possible operator of a major botnet. Pyotr Levashov, 36, was arrested on Friday by Spanish police in a joint operation with the FBI. The local authorities told the AP that the arrest was part of an investigation into the Kelihos …
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2017

Brit teen who unleashed 'biggest ever distributed denial-of-service blast' walks free from court

An 18-year-old Brit dubbed a hacker-for-hire has been spared jail after launching crippling denial-of-service attacks against anti-spam outfit Spamhaus. At one point, the assault in early 2013 reached 300Gbps, somewhat straining the London Internet Exchange (LINX) and other interconnects. Seth Nolan-Mcdonagh, of Stockwell, …
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2015

London teen pleads guilty to Spamhaus DDoS

A 17 year-old Londoner has pleaded guilty to a series of denial-of-service attacks against internet exchanges and the Spamhaus anti-spam service last year. The teenager – who we cannot name for legal reasons – also admitted money laundering and possessing indecent images. faces a sentencing hearing on 9 January, a police …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2014
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Mushy spam law's IDEAL for toothless watchdog: Spamhaus slams CAN-SPAM

Antispam organisation Spamhaus has reacted phlegmatically to a recent survey that one in 10 of the world’s largest online retailers are still violating the CAN-SPAM Act, a full 10 years after the US anti-spam legislation went into effect. Richard Cox, CIO of The Spamhaus Project, suggested the Online Trust Alliance (OTA)'s …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2014

London schoolboy cuffed for BIGGEST DDOS ATTACK IN HISTORY

A British police investigation into the massive DDoS attack against internet watchdog Spamhaus has led to the arrest of a 16-year-old London schoolboy who, it is claimed, is part of an international gang of cyber-crooks. "The suspect was found with his computer systems open and logged on to various virtual systems and forums …
Iain Thomson, 27 Sep 2013

Police arrest suspect in BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY

The Dutch police have confirmed the arrest of man suspected of taking part in a massive DDoS attack against the anti-spam group Spamhaus back in March. The 35 year-old man is a Dutch national but was arrested at his home in Barcelona under a European arrest warrant, the Netherlands National Prosecution Office told the BBC. His …
Iain Thomson, 26 Apr 2013

BIGGEST DDoS in history FAILS to slash interweb arteries

Analysis The massive 300Gbit-a-second DDoS attack against anti-spam non-profit Spamhaus this week didn't actually break the internet's backbone, contrary to many early reports. The largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) assault in history began on 18 March, and initially hit the Spamhaus website and CloudFlare, the networking biz …
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2013
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Anti-spam organisation Spamhaus has recovered from possibly the largest ‪DDoS‬ attack in history. A massive 300Gbps was thrown against Spamhaus' website but the anti-spam organisation was able to recover from the attack and get its core services back up and running. CloudFlare, the content delivery firm hired by Spamhaus last …
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2013
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Spamhaus and ISP spar over 'email DoS' blacklisting

Analysis Spamhaus and a Dutch ISP that was temporarily slapped on the anti-spam organisation's blacklist continue to be at loggerheads – even after the service provider was removed from the list. The row between A2B and Spamhaus came after the Dutch ISP allegedly provided connectivity services to CB3ROB (AKA Cyberbunker), an outfit …
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2011
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Dutch ISP calls the cops after Spamhaus blacklists it

Dutch ISP A2B Internet has filed a complaint with the police after it claimed to have been "blackmailed" by London-based anti-spam outfit Spamhaus. A2B managing director Erik Bais told Webwereld (report in Dutch) that Spamhaus "has gone too far". The Spamhaus Project is an international organisation, founded by Steve Linford …
Jan Libbenga, 13 Oct 2011
The Register breaking news

Spamhaus victorious after 5-year fight with mass mailer

Spamhaus has finally prevailed in a long-running US court action against it by e360 Insight, a firm it blacklisted for spamming. e360 Insight sued Spamhaus in the US over the blacklisting way back in 2006. Spamhaus, which is based in the UK, argued (on the advice of lawyers) that it was outside the jurisdiction of US courts. …
John Leyden, 5 Sep 2011
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RUSTOCK TAKEDOWN: How the world's worst botnet was KO'd

Analysis The unidentified criminals behind the infamous Rustock botnet were paying at least $10,000 a month for US-based command and control servers prior to a successful takedown operation last week. Instead of using bulletproof hosting outfits (rogue ISPs normally based in eastern Europe) that ignore takedown notices, the botherders …
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2011
The Register breaking news

Spamhaus DDoS blamed on shady Russian hosts, not Anonymous

Anti-spam organisation Spamhaus has recovered from a denial of service attack over the weekend. Initially though, Spamhaus may have been attacked in response to its warning that a WikiLeaks mirror called was being hosted by a Russian bullet-proof hosting outfit, called Webalta, that also played home to phishing …
John Leyden, 20 Dec 2010
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WikiLeaks mirror site rails against malware warning

A site that provides a list of Wikileaks mirrors has cried foul over its classification as potentially dangerous to visit. provides links to sites that serve as mirrors for website, a role that has become more important since the original whistleblower website has come under regular denial of …
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2010
The Register breaking news

WikiLeaks urged to stop hosting on Russian blackhat ISP

Security watchers have urged Wikileaks to stop hosting its material with a "bulletproof" Russian ISP believed to primarily cater to, or be controlled by, Russian cyber criminals. now points to a mirror of the site,, hosted by Webalta, a blackhat ISP linked to a company called Heihachi Ltd, …
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Spamhaus debuts whitelist service

Anti-spam researchers at the Spamhaus Project have introduced a whitelist of known benign internet mail servers. The approach sits alongside Spamhaus' well-established blacklist of bad mail servers to make it easier for mail server operators to filter junk from incoming email traffic. Qualified corporations such as banks, law …
John Leyden, 28 Sep 2010
The Register breaking news

Junk mail kingpin held on child abuse charges

Notorious spammer Leo Kuvayev is being held on remand in his native Russia over child sex charges. Kuvayev, 38, who occupies the second spot on Spamhaus' ROKSO list of the world's worst spammers, is accused of molesting 50 children from Moscow orphanages. The suspect has been held on remand since last December but news of his …
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2010

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