Criminal Data Centers
& Last night I found this fascinating article from MIT’s Technology Review, detailing the problems with finding and eliminating criminal data centers.
I’d never read about criminal data centers before, although it makes sense that they would exist, since all that spam has to come from somewhere, right? The article mentions that in 2008, a malicious hosting company called McColo was shut down, resulting in a two-thirds decrease in spam online… amazing. Since then, of course, other smaller but no less malicious criminal hosting companies have taken up the slack.
These data centers on the Dark Side host malicious code and send commands to hacked computers – some of which make up groups called botnets, like one called Grum, which has at certain points been behind a quarter of the spam in the world. Security researchers at companies like FireEye are busy tracing these malicious colos, but shutting them down is hard. See MIT’s article for more.
So… any thoughts on malicious hosting companies? Any interesting experiences with them or other insight into the situation?
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