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Spamhaus security researchers have been combatting the onslaught of spam since 1998. By identifying the servers used by spammers, bot herders and cyber criminals and compiling databases of IP addresses or compromised computers, Spamhaus helps to protect more than three billion email inboxes worldwide.

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In addition to squandering valuable resources, spam still makes up more than half of all global email traffic1 and is one of the most common methods used by cyber criminals to infect computers with malware, spyware and Trojans.2

Phishing emails are used to harvest end-users’ credentials, infect more computers with botnet malware and co-ordinate DDoS attacks against organizations’ servers and websites. Ransomware, distributed through phishing emails, has seriously increased the threat.3

Spamhaus security researchers have been combatting the onslaught of spam since 1998 and continue to provide the latest security threat intelligence to organizations worldwide. In addition to listing IP addresses associated with spam, Spamhaus also provides near real-time data on domains associated with criminal activity.

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1 Source: “The Economics of Spam,” Justin M Rao and David H Reiley, 2012, published in American Economic Association: https://www.aeaweb.org/articles.php?doi=10.1257/jep.26.3.87

2 Source: Trend Micro Annual Security Roundup 2015, page 19: “Setting the Stage: Landscape shifts dictate future threat response strategies” http://www.trendmicro.com/cloud-content/us/pdfs/security-intelligence/reports/rpt-setting-the-stage.pdf

3 Source: BBC, “Three US hospitals hit by ransomware,” 23rd March 2016 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35880610

By continuously identifying the servers and networks used by spammers, bot herders and cyber criminals, Spamhaus helps to protect more than three billion email inboxes worldwide. Many of the world’s largest internet service providers rely on Spamhaus’ threat intelligence to block harmful email traffic and protect their customers.

Spamhaus Technology™ provides datafeeds of Spamhaus block lists. These block lists remove the vast majority of spam from incoming mailstreams by rejecting malicious IP traffic at edge routers, before it can enter your network.

The combined efforts of the information security community, international law enforcement agencies and ISPs have succeeded in taking down prolific botnets such as Grum, Simda and Dridex. In spite of these successes, botnets controlling millions of compromised computers continue to blight the internet by pumping out billions of malicious spam emails. Smartphones and the internet of things are contributing to the number of spamming devices at the disposal of bot herders.

Spamhaus Technology datafeeds help enterprises, service providers and network operators to turn back the tide by stopping malicious emails from entering networks at the SMTP gateway and blocking bad IP traffic at the edge router: significantly reducing the impact of spam and adding another layer to your network defences.

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