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When e-mail providers like Google came on the scene the amount of spam in our inboxes fell, not because there was less of it about, but because more intelligent measures were being taken to identify and block it. Levels of spam circulating the Internet always seem to be on the increase and new measures required to block it, but this week those levels fell dramatically.

The reason for the sudden fall was a coordinated attack on one of the most successful botnets out there called Rustock. Multiple servers used by the botnet were taken offline simultaneously on Wednesday crippling Rustock’s 26 command and control networks and therefore stopping them sending out around 30 billion spam messages every single day.
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Finally in some good news, Microsoft and the government felled the giant spam farm Rustock, lessening spam worldwide by about 40 percent. A lawsuit by Microsoft that was unsealed at the company’s request late today triggered several coordinated raids last Wednesday that took down Rustock, a botnet that infected millions of computers with malicious code in order to turn them into a massive spam-sending network. So you can thank Microsoft for less spam about fake watches and fake viagra in your mailbox today. Makes up for the fact that this week they killed off the Zune player.
Microsoft and feds bring down spam giant Rustock

To answer the question of who...
Edited by _GTech - 3/18/11 at 10:50am
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Very good!
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Pwned.

Recently there was an article about either lawmakers or corporations that wanted stiffer penalties or even jail time for entities that create botnets and I'm all for that notion.
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OWnT! l33t!
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Why do I have VIAGRA mail in my GMAIL ACCOUNT???
 
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Why do I have VIAGRA mail in my GMAIL ACCOUNT???
I think they are going to be dealing with the advertisers soon enough!
Edited by _GTech - 3/17/11 at 8:04pm
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Wait, they don't know who took it down? How do they know it is down and not just laying low and waiting to come back?
 
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Why do I have VIAGRA mail in my GMAIL ACCOUNT???
I thought it was only me lol.
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News like this gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. <3
 
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their probably updating their spam bots do deliver twice as much spam in less time.. its the age of upgrades =)
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