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Major botnet down 5 years 8 months ago #36570

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Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit, working with federal law enforcement agents, has brought down the world's largest spam network, Rustock.

Rustock, at its peak, was a botnet of around 2 million spam-sending zombies capable of sending out 30 billion spam email per day. Microsoft's wholesale slaughter of Rustock could reduce worldwide spam output by up to 39%.


reduced worldwide spam output by up to 39%

While I'm sure those numbers are temporary and possibly inflated thats a pretty big head on the botnet hydra that just got caught.
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Re: Major botnet down 5 years 8 months ago #36571

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Nevins,

And I was wondering why I saw a 30% reduce in spam email :)

That is a pretty impressive figure - I bet the bots were running Microsoft operating systems and Microsoft felt obligated to work with federal agents and do something right this time :)

Great news, keep them coming!
Chris Partsenidis.
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Re: Major botnet down 5 years 8 months ago #36572

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Honestly this just means a whole bunch of new bot herders will rush to re-zombie the uninfected computers and take up the free space.
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Re: Major botnet down 5 years 8 months ago #36576

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There was this one too:
http://news.techworld.com/security/3265970/uk-pc-users-hit-by-huge-fake-antivirus-attack/#
Very annoying, had to clean this off my daughters PC
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