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Cybercrime crusaders shut down shadowy Web hosting operation
By Scott Duke Harris
Article Launched: 11/13/2008 05:22:27 AM PST
When cybercrime crusaders this week persuaded Internet service providers to disconnect a shadowy Web hosting operation called McColo, the impact was dramatic â€” an instant 40 percent drop in spam and other "badness'" across some e-mail networks, security experts say.
McColo, which operated from servers in San Jose, was alleged to be a conduit for activities that included fraud and child pornography, according to a "Cyber Crime USA" report issued Tuesday by an alliance of private-sector Internet security advocates.
But bringing the people behind McColo to justice, these experts say, may prove much more difficult in an age when the technology has outpaced the reach of the law â€” particularly when the culprits may be crime syndicates in Eastern Europe. The activities hosted by McColo were disrupted, experts say, but may be quickly revived over the Web.
HostExploit.com, a year-old alliance of Internet security entities that researches cybercrime and promotes self-policing of the Internet industry, singled out McColo as a grievous example of a company that specializes in hosting a wide range of illegal and dubious activities. Silicon Valley Internet security companies Trend Micro and McAfee contributed to HostExploit's report.