[funsec] McColo: Major Source of Online Scams and Spams KnockedOffline (fwd)

Nick Newman NNewman at nw3c.org
Wed Nov 12 13:16:57 CST 2008


I do know that the CA AG office ignores any complaints received from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), which bars many complaints state/local LE would have received from the public about McColo.  Law enforcement (in the US, anyway), by nature, is 99% reactive and 1% proactive; no complaints to LE results in no response from LE.  It's hard to tell if any local/state/federal agencies knew-about/were-investigating McColo (it was the same with Intercage), but the bigger question is: does it really matter?  How many cops does it take to throw a community lynching?

-- Nick

Nicholas R. Newman
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National White Collar Crime Center
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-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Ferguson [mailto:fergdawgster at gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 12:54 PM
To: Kee Hinckley
Cc: nanog at merit.edu
Subject: Re: [funsec] McColo: Major Source of Online Scams and Spams KnockedOffline (fwd)

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On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 9:30 AM, Kee Hinckley <nazgul at somewhere.com> wrote:

> After reading this, and the (Washington Post I believe--I'm away from my
> laptop right now) article on this, two things are bothering me.
>
> The article expressed a good deal of frustration with the (lack of) speed
> with which law enforcement has been tackling these issues. What wasn't
> clear was whether any attempt had been made to involve them prior to the
> shutdown.

Don't assume what you don't know. :-)

- - ferg

p.s. McColo's upstream providers are completely within their rights to
terminate connectivity if they feel that they have violated their
contractual terms of service.

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