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