Russian internet host PROXIEZ-NET has been taken offline, according to reports from the BBC.

Popular with cyber gangs, PROXIEX-NET had advertised itself as being impossible to shut down, but as we have seen with the McColo shutdown in November 2008 it is possible and it does make it harder for criminals to find a place to host their server.

However, it does not mean that the cyber crooks won’t be back up and running in fairly swift order. We saw a dramatic fall in spam as a result of the McColo shutdown, but levels returned to pre-shutdown highs the following month.

However, it does not mean that the cyber crooks won’t be back up and running in fairly swift order. We saw a dramatic fall in spam as a result of the McColo shutdown, but levels returned to pre-shutdown highs the following month.

Still, taking the host offline does inconvenience the criminal gangs, and may serve to discourage hosts from obliging criminals. (The cost of the hosting may also go up – which will hopefully drive some of the criminals out of business).

According to the most recent statistics, Russia produces 5.3 per cent of the worlds viruses, 3.2 per cent of spam, and is responsible for 7.7 per cent of the worlds intrusions.  As PROXIEZ-NET was one of the more popular hosts for cyber gangs, theses figures look set to fall – at least for now.