The Spamhaus Project, an international spam monitoring and tracking organisation, has issued a damning report on the world’s top 10 worst internet service providers (ISPs).
The report listed Verizon.com as number 5. Verizon in its news release last 11 August announced that is the “highest-ranked U.S.-based telecommunications company” in ethical ranking based on study by a Geneva-based research firm that tracks the reputations of multinational corporations.
The Spamhaus list is based on the number of current known spam issues relating to poor abuse control by the ISPs over spamming.
According to Spamhaus, the internet is continued to be plagued by spam because a small number of large ISPs “sell service knowingly to professional spammers for profit, or do nothing to prevent spammers operating from their networks.”
The 10 worst ISPs as at 17 February 2010 are:
“Although all networks claim to be anti-spam, some network executives factor revenue made from hosting known spam gangs into corporate policy decisions to continue to sell services to spam operations,” Spamhaus said.
“The majority of the world’s service providers succeed in keeping spammers off their networks and work to maintain a positive anti-spam reputation, but their work is undermined daily by the few networks who, out of corporate greed or mismanagement, choose to be part of the problem.”
World’s top 130 spam operators
In a related page in its website, Spamhaus has also listed the top 130 known spam operators that are responsible for 80 per-cent of the world’s spam.
According to a Spamhaus study, the majority of the spammers move from network to network and country to country seeking out Internet Service Providers with poor security or known for not enforcing anti-spam policies.
Some are even ISPs themselves, Spamhaus reported.
The 130 spam operations are spread over at least 17 countries.
The United States and Canada are reported to be host of 74 and 8 known spam operations, respectively.
Australia has two spam operators identified by Spamhaus as Mike Van Essen/Global Web Promotions and Nikhil Kuman Pragji/Dark-Mailer who is regarded by Spamhaus as the world’s number 10 spammer.
The other countries reported to be hosts of spam operations are Russia, Ukraine, India, Japan, Italy, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Columbia, Guatemala, Estonia, and Romania.