Cyber activists have reportedly temporarily taken down the spam generating giant, Rustock botnet, in whats thought to be the largest ever coordinated takedown of a botnet in the history of the Internet, according to security analyst Brian Krebs.
The Rustock botnet initiated in 2006 and consists of an estimated 150,000-400,00 computers capable of sending around 30 billion spam messages a day via its infected PC’s. The Rustock botnet is spreads via self-propagation and sends out emails with trojans attached to catch unprotected computers to add to its ranks.
The takedown of the Ructock botnet had an almost immediate effect, reducing the global volume spam traffic significantly. The question remain though, how long the botnet will be out of action before its controllers can take control once again and start sending messages touting online pharmacies and male enhancement pills.
Source: TG Daily
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