ISP's take your responsability or be blocked

One million Telewest customers have been blacklisted for sending spam by one of the most powerful anti-spam organisations on the Web.

The Spam Prevention Early Warning System (SPEWS), whose blacklist is referenced by many anti-spam controls, imposed the block in response to the high number of Telewest customers whose machines have become compromised and taken over for the purpose of sending spam.

Matt Peachey, managing director of IronPort, the security firm whose Senderbase system first revealed the extent of Telewest's spam problem, told ZDNet UK sister site silicon.com: "The ISPs know they're spamming but they're reluctant to put things in place which block mail. With ISPs it's not about what comes into their networks, it's about what goes out."


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