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Increase in Latvian Botnet Causes Row

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The recent rise in malicious and annoying email setting forth from Latvia has ignited a row between the country’s top domain registry and the anti-spam organization Spamhaus.

NIC.LV, which currently administers all the .lv domains, claims Spamhaus is “impolite, arrogant and even rude.” The rhetoric follows Spamhaus’ decision to place a large portion of Latvian IP addresses on the organization’s anti-spam list. NIC claims the move cut off “thousands of Internet users ““ academic users, state and municipal institutions, non-profit organizations, companies and individuals.”

Spamhaus claims it was merely following established procedures, according to The Register. The spate began in June when Spamhaus saw an increase in Latvian-based DDoS and spam campaigns, with a significant portion coming from an ISP called Microlines.

Spamhaus contacted Microlines and requested the ISP remove the offending servers, but received no reply. As a result, Spamhaus added the ISP to the blocklist. Spamhaus also followed up with multiple procedures designed to make life difficult for the cyber criminals.

However, once the blocklist began to effect the University of Latvia’s Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, which hosts both NIC.LV and Latvia’s Computer Emergency Response Team, NIC.LV became interested in the case.

The organizations subsequently issued an open letter, despite the removal of the Institute’s block.

“No Internet user should be punished for the actions of another internet user,” the letter said. “As nations around the globe recognize that access to the Internet is a basic human right, it is unacceptable to block access of those who have not committed any illegal or improper acts.”

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