Friday, May 13, 2005

900,000 Telewest customers blacklisted

More than 900 000 customers of UK Internet service provider Telewest have been blacklisted by one of the most powerful anti-spam groups on the Web.

According to News.com, the Spam Prevention Early Warning System (SPEWS), whose blacklist is referenced by many anti-spam controls, imposed the block in response to the high number of Telewest customers whose machines have become compromised and taken over for the purpose of sending spam. Last month, Silicon.com revealed that some of Telewest's Blueyonder.co.uk home subscribers were sending hundreds of thousands of e-mails each day – a sure sign of an open relay that is pumping out spam.

However, a Telewest representative says the company believes SPEWS' actions have been "a little heavy-handed".
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