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Comcast cutting off spam 'zombies'

Some customers whose PCs are being used to relay spam messages will be denied service. Internet service provider Comcast Corp. is cutting off Internet service for some customers whose computers are being used to relay spam messages, according to a company spokeswoman. Comcast has been contacting customers whose machines are being used as “zombies” to forward spam e-mail with warning messages. In some cases, the company has cut off Internet access to customers, some of whom are unaware their system is sending out the commercial solicitations, said Jeanne Russo, a spokeswoman for Comcast’s cable division. The decision to cut off spam zombies is not new, but is part of an “ongoing effort” to protect the company’s network and its customers from abuse at the hands of hackers and spammers. Comcast declined to comment on whether it is stepping up its efforts to shut down the spam zombies, but the company will increase its efforts to match any increase in spam, Russo said. Full Story

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