‘Pump-and-Dump’ Spam Surge Linked to Russian Bot Herders

I have noticed an increase in the amount of spam reaching my inbox, almost all of it pushing penny stocks and featuring a graphic with consistent properties. However, in reading through this article I can’t help but admire the sophistication and ingenuity of the hackers who are behind this. It’s really a shame that same talent can’t be directed into more productive endeavors. Also somewhat staggering to consider is that this botnet is capable of sending out enough email in a single day to read 1/7 of the entire planet.

‘Pump-and-Dump’ Spam Surge Linked to Russian Bot Herders:

With a botnet of this size, the group is theoretically capable of sending a billion spam e-mails in a single day. “This number assumes one recipient per message, [but] in reality, most spams are delivered in a single message with multiple recipients at the same domain, so the actual number of separate spams landing in different inboxes could be even higher,” Stewart said.

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