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Spam surge bot driven

Notice a heavy uptick in the amount of spam in the past few months? According to Robert Lemos of SecurityFocus, the increase could be pegged to the growing number of computers that have been addled with bots, or small programs controlled planted onto computers without the owners' knowledge. Such bots can be tethered by the thousands or even millions to send out e-mail en masse.

Spam may be the least of our worries when it comes to such botnets, according to a white paper issued by McAfee Associates. Bots can also be designed to surreptitiously collect sensitive information entered into computers. In sufficient numbers, Botnets can also create enough network traffic to take down all the Web servers of any organization.

Posted by Joab Jackson on Nov 01, 2006 at 9:39 AM


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