Recent Global Stings Knock Out 35% Of Spam (Allegedly)

July 20, 2012


According to experts (or at least people calling themselves experts), the Grum botnet responsible for an estimated 35% of current spam email was brought down this week, making it significantly harder for guys like me to locate sketchy boner pill providers. Thank God I stocked up.

The dramatic decrease is the result of a coordinated attack by security firms and Internet service providers around the globe that took down a network of infected computers known as "the Grum botnet." Grum, one of the world's most prolific spammers, generated around 18 billion emails a day, by FireEye's estimates.

Grum recently averaged 120,000 infected computers a day generating spam, but immediately after the takedown, that number dropped to 21,505, Spamhaus reported.

On Thursday, Spamhaus's latest data showed zero infected machines sending messages.

"We are confident that it can't recover," Mushtaq told CNNMoney on Thursday morning. "I've been monitoring Grum for four years. Right from the start we knew that it doesn't have any fallback mechanism."

*eyeing junk email inbox* So now I'm only gonna get 65 junk emails a day instead of 100? I guess that's something. SOMETHING NOT GOOD ENOUGH. *sifting though spam* God, who clicks on this stuff anyways? You'd have to be a real idiot. *clicks on 'Add 4-Inches Instantly' email* Whoa -- SO MANY NEW WINDOWS.

Thanks to Jeremy, who fights spam the new-fashioned way: backtracing the emails and informing the cyber police.

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