Overview of spam from CWIX/InternetMCI.com
15 Feb 2006
Note: Automated spam monitoring stopped several years
ago. These web pages are maintained for historical reasons. Some
may be updated from time to time as news about the individual sites
No spam today
Overview of history
|Total spam since 28 Oct 1996||2239||12841
|Peak spam on 5 May 1997||577||7295
|Peak daily spam on 5 May 1997||192||2431
|Average daily spam||11.8||68.2
full history also available
General information about CWIX/InternetMCI.com
MCI/CWIX is a network service provider which hosts a number of spammers.
Although MCI has an anti-spam policy, they are unable to enforce it.
A spammer whose account is cancelled may sign up again right away.
In addition, MCI has a service known as "MCI2000" which is completely
rogue. It is not known why MCI does not enforce their acceptable use
policy in regards to MCI2000.
Major binary spammer Larry Wojtowicz
claims to know the vice-president of MCI personally. It is suspected
that he is telling the truth.
MCI is now hosting two or three major spammers; one based in Bloomington
(1-800-249-sexy spammer), and two based in Atlanta
(TomGartman.com and Special-FX)
MCI may be reached by email at
or via phone at 1-800-550-0927.
MCI may be reached via snail-mail at:
ATTN Internet Department/Harrassment
PO BOX 4600
Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4600
(ATT) Timothy F. Price
1801 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
- 1 Oct 1998:
- InternetMCI has been acquired by Cable & Wireless USA. All
internetmci.com addresses are changing to cwix.com addresses.
- 20 Aug 1998:
Wired's article about the near UDP of MCI.
- 16 June 1998:
- Search parameters now include mci2000.com.
- 16 June 1998:
- Linkus.com, disconnected frmo
Netcom yesterday, has been connected by MCI.
- 19 May 1998:
- Tom Gartman, based at PSI has
been forging "news.mci2000.com" into the Path headers. This has
not affected the counts in this report.
- 19 May 1998:
- A rogue site based at PSI has been forging
"news.mci2000.com" into the Path headers. This has not affected
the counts in this report.
- 26 Nov 1997:
- Vacation Spammer has moved to MCI
- 5 Sept 1997:
- Netzilla has moved to MCI
- 5 Aug 1997:
- Porn4Porn has stopped.
- 15 July 1997:
- Porn4Porn has moved to MCI
- 2 July 1997:
- The Mailloop spammer seems to have stopped.
- 30 June 1997:
- The Mailloop spammer has begun spamming from MCI
- 19 June 1997:
- Woodside seems to have stopped spamming from MCI
- 9 June 1997:
Woodside Literary Agency
(aka Photo Phoenix International) fraud is
now being posted from MCI. So far, no word from MCI on how long it
will continue. Readers are reminded that Woodside/Phoenix is a known
fraud. See Jane
To report spam, contact email@example.com
A complete history may also be available.
- Only a small subset of usenet (261 groups) was sampled. Only
articles that hadn't been cancelled yet were counted. Actual
spam may have been much greater.
- Heuristics that detect single-posted articles are, by their very
nature, somewhat shaky. Innocent articles may be tagged as spam
because they share certain characteristics or keywords with
actual spam. In particular, a posted spam complaint that includes
the spam in its entirety will very often be identified as spam.
- Some posts may be forgeries intended to look like they came
- The first entry in the history file is not used to compute peak
or average spam counts, as this entry covers an unknown number of days.
This may cause an apparent disreprency between spam totals and spam
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