Spamhaus - Google Third Highest Spam Hosting Site
In a recent development, Google has overtaken Microsoft as No.3 ISP (Internet Service Protocol) in terms of spam-friendly. This is as per Spamhaus's, an anti-spam organization, latest blacklist of the ten worst spam hosting ISPs.
Statistics from the SBL (Spamhaus Blocklist) indicate that there are 31 issues on Google domains that relate to spam.
In fact, Google's lack of constancy and diligence has resulted in 419 fraudsters using Google Docs and Gmail as channels to redirect spam, and to seemingly abuse Google's blogspot.com, according to Spamhaus.
According to Chief Information Officer of Spamhaus, Richard Cox, after Microsoft was able to drive away the con artists, they went to Google, which is presently hosting a large part of the content previously hosted on Microsoft's domains, as reported by washingtonpost on January 5, 2009.
Some security specialists said that spam filters are unlikely to stop incoming messages from domains belonging to Microsoft, Google and Yahoo, as these are widely used. On the other hand, some feel that it is possible to stop spam through a more advanced analysis of the e-mail.
Meanwhile, Spamhaus in an official statement said that most of the service providers around the world succeeded in warding off spammers from their networks to keep their anti-spam reputation high. However, a few networks due to their daily mismanagement or corporate greed undermined the work of these service providers as reported by Information Week on January 6, 2009.
Furthermore, it appears that Spamhaus has encountered hurdles in trying to get a fair amount of attention from Google regarding the problem.
Nevertheless, facing increasing pressure from Spamhaus, a Google Spokesperson said through an e-mail that spam caused problem to all Internet surfers but the company worked actively to deactivate all accounts that were discovered to be violating its product policies, as reported by Information Week on January 6, 2009.
Meanwhile, Microsoft, which had slid down to the fifth spot on the blacklist of ISPs compiled for November 2008, has so improved as a service provider that no longer is it counted as one of the top ten rogue ISPs.
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