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Rustock botnet responsible for 41% of all spam

By Matthew ยท 12 replies
Aug 25, 2010
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  1. Botnets are now responsible for 95% of all spam, up from 84% in April, and nearly half of it comes from only one botnet according to Symantec. A whopping 41% of the Internet's spam is attributed to Rustock, which infects around 1.3 million computers. That number has decreased from 2.5 million machines in April, but the volume of spam it outputs has actually risen.

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  2. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 648   +58

    Craptastic! I didn't know it was that bad!
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,507   +1,308

    It will never stop amazing me that people have this need to p*ss everyone off and create stuff like this. It saddens me more that people actually fool for some of these scams :(
  4. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    What still surprises me is that they can identify the botnet by infection, I suppose, but there's no removing it. I do wonder why they can't block the traffic through some Spam definitions or use the same security exploits which the infection used to get on the computer's in order to repair the computer and kill the botnet.
  5. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 840   +7

    It probably wouldn't be hard to shut this botnet down but there may not be a legal way to do it without having some law enforcement agency go after it. It's just not a high priority as far as I can tell. They'd rather go after file sharers.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,080   +4,083

    Does anybody really not know that, "you order is ready", is spam, or for that matter, "Extends" doesn't work?

    (Well, except for Yahoo).
  7. Matthew

    Matthew TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,270   +104

    Is that a personal testimonial cranky? :D
  8. Every bit of spam that I get gets reported to spam@uce.gov. I doubt it does any good, but at least I feel that I'm doing my part to eliminate this crap.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,080   +4,083

    Spoken like an embittered soul, who couldn't bring himself to ask for his money back......:rolleyes: :haha: :wave:
  10. mbloom1

    mbloom1 TS Rookie

    Given the state of technology today, about the only thing that might work would be licensing EVERY computer and imposing an ID telltale on EVERY email message sent. Not that I'm advocating it but when authorities are up against a wall, they fight back with whatever they can think of at the moment. It will be bloody...and so-long free internet. It didn't take us long to really botch it up.
  11. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    heh my nad downloaded some malware from a spam email that made it say ''infected file u need buy this for $120, pay here'' when she clicked start. Thank god for malware bytes and Safe mode. (could not do anything, even my computer would not open!)
  12. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,376   +72

    How does it do it so invisibly to the user whose computer is infected? Does it use IIS or mailto or something? Why doesn't windows prevent this function from being capable?
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,080   +4,083

    Corporate SNAFU;
    OK, M$ Russia writes the malware, then lets M$ North American get blamed for not doing anything about it.

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