Security researchers nuke botnet that spewed out 18 billion spam emails per day

20 July 2012

Bitterwallet - spamWant to grow your wang while wearing a fake watch, gakked up to the eyelids on 'blue pills'? Sadly for you, your spam email folder might be a little tidier after a massive spam botnet, which is apparently responsible for 18 billion messages a day, has been killed by security researchers.

This particular botnet was called Grum and researchers believe it was doling out 18% of the world's spam emails.

Security company FireEye and spam-trackers SpamHaus worked with a number of ISPs to shut down the network. It turns out that the servers for Grum were mainly in Ukraine, Russia and Panama.

Writing on the FireEye blog Atif Mushtaq, a security researcher with FireEye said, "Grum's takedown resulted from the efforts of many individuals. This collaboration is sending a strong message to all the spammers: Stop sending us spam. We don't need your cheap Viagra or fake Rolex."

Mushtaq added: "The research community needs to maintain this pressure until we reach a point where the bad guys start thinking that becoming a spammer is not worth the risk."

TOPICS:   Technology


  • Inspector G.
    That's very strange. I never get spam for Viagra or penis enlargement pills. They must only send those emails to people who need it.
  • Intelligent O.
    Yes that's right Inspector, spammers are well known for their excellent targeting skills.
  • Spencer
    Umm... unless my maths are off... 18billion equates to 18% so we're looking at 100billion spam emails a day if this claim is true. The planet has a population of 7 billion.. minus people who Dont Have email such as the elderly, impoverished nations... let's say 2 billion... meaning 5 billion people email. According to these figures that means every single person on the planet with an email address receives 20 spam emails a day.... that ain't right is it? I have 2 accounts and a work account and I don't even get that many... combined... in a week... I dunno. I'm sure a friendly forum user will explain where I've gone wrong...
  • Shaniaa
    fake emails, emails you no longer use
  • Jeremy
    How can you receive a (spam) email in an email account that you don't use?
  • Chewbacca
    @spencer It means that on average, every EMAIL ADDRESS gets 20 spam emails a day. Lots of people have more than one email. Particularly if you like to troll the retards over on HUKD, not that I would do such a thing of course, just that some people might. But not me.
  • Tom
    + of those 20 emails a day your provider might beable to filter out 75% of them.
  • ShakesHeadSadly
    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How will I get my Nigerian inheritance now?!?!

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