New forms of spam and similar abuse find a welcome home at Google, and the company doesn’t yet seem up to the security task of fighting them. Perhaps it’s a responsiveness issue.
Much has been made of the recent revelation that Google had reached No. 4 on Spamhaus’ list of “The 10 Worst Spam Service ISPs.” In fact, as I check now, Google is No. 3.
It’s no secret why Gmail is such a big spamming source now: Spammers have had success cracking the CAPTCHA tests and creating Gmail accounts from which to spam. Because the spam comes from a domain reputation systems can’t block because it’s so popular, spam from these accounts has an advantage in getting past many anti-spam systems.
But some other ISPs and mail service providers with lousy reputations, in the older sense of the word, are not in the top 10. Microsoft had been a fixture in the Spamhaus list and Comcast was once known as a happy hunting ground for botnet herders. Both of these companies seem to have turned the corner.