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January 10, 2011

Global spam levels witness a resurgence

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by Darren Allan

Last week, security firm Symantec noted a large and continued drop in spam levels since Christmas.

Spam levels were at 75 billion messages a day worldwide at the start of December, and on Christmas day 2010, they more than halved to 30 billion. And the big spam freeze continued throughout the new year, with numbers flatlining at that level – until today, that is.

The drop was put down to a huge reduction in the activity of the major player, the Rustock botnet (along with several others). However, today it appears that Rustock has fired back into action, so says a report in the Guardian.

Levels are now back up to 70 billion thanks to Rustock, and experts think that could climb exponentially higher. Mind you, the spammers still have a long way to go before they get operations running as they were back in the summer of 2010, when 200 billion spam messages were flying around every day.

Let’s hope they don’t make it.

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