ISPs essential to controlling spam botnets: OECD

Internet service providers (ISPs) are important control points in the ongoing effort to control spam and botnets, according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).The report — based on a global dataset comprised of 109 billion spam messages from 170 million unique IP addresses delivered to a spam trap during 2005-2009 — found that of the tens of thousands of ISPs that provide Internet access, the 200 ISPs that collectively hold nearly 90 per cent of the total market share in the wider OECD area account for more than 60 percent of all infected machines worldwide”.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/367969/isps_essential_controlling_spam_botnets_oecd/Also see the report:The Role of Internet Services Providers in Botnet Mitigation [67 pages]
Botnets – networks of computers infected by malware – are critical security threats. Based on the analysis of 109 billion spam messages, this report considers whether ISPs can be critical control points for botnet mitigation, how the number of infected machines varies across ISPs and why.
http://www.oecd.org/officialdocuments/displaydocument/?doclanguage=en&cote=dsti/doc(2010)5

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