'Pump and Dump' Spam Surge Linked to Russian Bot Herders
The recent surge in email spam hawking penny stocks and penis enlargement pills is the handiwork of Russian hackers running a botnet powered by tens of thousands of hijacked computers. Internet security researchers and law enforcement authorities have traced the operation to a well organized hacking gang controlling a 70,000 strong peer to peer botnet seeded with the SpamThru Trojan.
According to Joe Stewart, senior security researcher at SecureWorks, in Atlanta, the gang functions with a level of sophistication rarely seen in the hacking underworld. 'Pump-and-Dump' Spam Surge Linked to Russian Bot Herders
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