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Aggressive Botnet Activities Behind Spam Increase

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 11, 2006

Are we going to get MORE? There is now apparantly 4 times more than last year thanks to some Trojan Viruses! On Slashdot I found this

“A spam-sending Trojan dubbed ‘SpamThru’ is responsible for a vast amount of the recent botnet activity which has significantly increased spam levels to almost three out of every four emails. The developers of SpamThru employed numerous tactics to thwart detection and enhance outreach, such as releasing new strains of the Trojan at regular intervals in order to confuse traditional anti-virus signatures detection.”

The original was ineresting to

Australia, previously at the bottom of the list, saw the biggest increase in viruses to rank 12th in October, increasing by 0.4 percent to 1.2 percent (1 in 84.1) of email traffic.Spam: In October, the global ratio of spam in email traffic from new and unknown bad sources was 72.9 percent (1 in 1.37 emails), an increase of 8.5 percent on the previous month. This is the sharpest rise in spam levels since January 2006, when an increase of 9.2 percent was experienced.

[full report available at] http://www.messagelabs.com/Threat_Watch

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