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Cybercrooks have adapted to the takedown of rogue ISPs by building more resilient botnets. An annual security survey by MessageLabs found that the already high level of spam reached 87.7 per cent of email traffic during 2009, with highs and lows of 90.4 percent in May and 73.3 percent in February respectively. Junk volumes …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Compromised (zombie) machines?

    I think you mean Compromised (windows) machines.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      ...obviously if nobody was using windows, there'd be no spam.

  2. ph3d
    IT Angle

    new techniques my arse..

    botnets have moved to de-centralized cnc systems a long time ago, is there any need to be reporting on how much spam is actually sent out of these, all our junk mail filters are clearly showing the pain.

  3. dave lawless

    @ph3d whinger


  4. Mage Silver badge


    Not only but Also

    Compromised servers Apache with a 777 directory exposed.

    Not just WinDoze.

  5. Ammaross Danan


    Sorry, but I just had to allude to the whole "why write virus code for a low percentage population" argument. Personally, an apache-attacking linux virus would be nice to have IMHO, due to high bandwidth and always-on status.

    I await the day when Linux (or OSX heaven forbid) take 80+% market share and Windows is able to take the Apple-stance of "Look at me! No viruses to worry about! [because we're insignificant]"

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