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Security: Limelight kills botnets better than cops do

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"Botnet operators have become public enemy number-one as consumers, businesses and governments fall foul to identity theft, DDoS attacks and spam. Yet no one appears to be able to stop the spread of bots — except maybe the media.

After a year in the limelight, it appears the operators behind the Storm worm botnet have shut-up shop or are laying low. Well, for now at least.

At the height of its rein, Storm was the top spammer in the world, responsible for around 21 percent of all spam. As 70 percent of all spam is generated by botnets, this is pretty good reach when you consider that as many as five million machines were under its control. But they were the good old days for Storm. Now, according to Bradley Anstis of Marshal security, Storm accounts for just two percent of the spam the company captures." – Content courtesy of Limelight kills botnets better than cops do: Blogs – Securify This! – ZDNet Australia

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