Wednesday, May 21, 2008

You Know about KnujOn?

Who loves spam? Anyone? Well, some boneheads out there actually send money to attempt to buy stuff listed in spam. Grr. The rest of us hate it and want it gone.

There's a guy out there who decided to fight back and formed KnujOn (spell it backwards). Anyway, he's been really successful in shutting down sites and turns out most of the spam is concentrated among a small number of registrars, some in China and one, Dynamic Dolphin, not far from my home here in Colorado if one is to believe the address information.

Here's his article on the top 10 worst offenders. Want to help? Have a look at his website and start reporting your spam to him per the directions.


  1. Thanks for the posting. It is important to understand the context of the 20 registrars where 90% of the nastiness is happening.

    Consider the Spam Balloon.

    Knowing that a minority of companies control most of the sites advertised in spam helps put the junk email problem into better perspective. To illustrate this consider a typical spam campaign. The emails are generated by tens of thousands of malware compromised machines and networks on the Internet. They send millions of spam messages to millions of victims. Sounds like a big problem, right? Not exactly. Because the number of actual websites advertised in those millions of messages is rather small in comparison the derivative of a spam campaign is seriously reduced. Reducing the true size even further is the fact that these real websites are held by one or maybe two registrar companies per campaign. Imagine that a spam campaign is a balloon. A balloon is actually made of a very small amount of real material, it only appears bigger because it's full of hot air. The huge volume of sent spam messages is the hot air that pushes the boundaries the Internet's resources, making the problem look bigger than it is. However, the air only stays in the balloon because it is knotted at the bottom. The registrars are this knot.

    Graphic here:

    Thanks again

  2. Thanks much for taking the time to share that insight. That really puts the spam situation in a new light.



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