Steve Linford

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Steve Linford is a British anti-spam campaigner best known for founding The Spamhaus Project.[1]

Biography

Steve Linford was born in London England in 1956. His family moved to Rome Italy where his father ran an industrial platinum factory and where Steve attended Rome's St George's British International School. After leaving college to pursue a music career, Linford purchased a motor home shipped over from the US, parked it on beaches around the Mediterranean, and made his living writing music and playing guitar with Italian, German and English rock bands.[2] For a number of years he was under contract to Italy's 'GM' record label and worked on film music with composer Ennio Morricone[2] In the early 1980s he became involved in concert production. When artists including Crosby Stills & Nash, Pink Floyd and Michael Jackson toured Italy, Linford served as their Production Manager.[2]

As computers began to be used in the music industry, Linford was drawn to computing. In 1986 he returned to England where he set up a software company called Ultradesign Technology, whose flagship product for many years was a file-searching program called UltraFind for the Macintosh similar to, but predating by many years, Apple's Sherlock.[2] With the rise of the Internet Linford refocused the company in 1995 as an internet technologies and hosting company called Ultradesign Internet.

Finding that his customers were being harassed with junk emails, he sought ways to stop the problem and in doing so he became an anti-spam campaigner. In 1998 he founded Spamhaus. Today his project's DNSBLs are used by an estimated two-thirds of the world's Internet service providers and collectively serve over 1.4 billion e-mail users.[1]

In 2005 Linford left England to return to the Mediterranean climate and today lives in Monaco. His organization Spamhaus, now based nearby in Geneva Switzerland, continues to be the driving force behind spam filter technology.[1]

Acclaim

In 2003 the New York Times dedicated the front page of its Business section to an article about Steve Linford.[3] Since then he has regularly spoken on spam and security at government hearings, the European Parliament and the UN.[1] In 2003 he was named as one of the technology industry's 'Top 50 Agenda Setters' by Silicon Magazine.[4] In 2004 he was given the Internet Hero Award by the British ISP Association ISPA.[5] In 2005 he was nominated for Outstanding Contribution to the UK Technology Industry.[6]

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