Junk mail down 1/3 since Rustock botnet takedown

    Date30 Mar 2011
    CategoryLatest News
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    Posted ByAlex
    Global spam volumes dropped by a third following the takedown of the infamous Rustock botnet earlier this month, according to MessageLabs. Prior to the dismantling of its command and control servers on a takedown operation led by Microsoft, Rustock accounted for 13.82 billion spam emails daily, the majority of which advertised unlicensed pharmaceutical websites.

    In the days after the takedown on 17 March, global spam volumes fell by a third. Junk mail decreased to around 33 billion emails a day, compared with an average of 52 billion a day the previous week.

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