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Sequel to July DDS : the bot problem

Posted: August 10th, 2009, by admin

Among all modern banes, spam is one of the most irritating. The quarterly MacAfee ( link ) report indicates spams reached a new all-time record and accounts now for 92% of all-mail activity.  Most of them are caught in anti-spam filters and are invisible for users. But the report also highlights the link between spam creation and zombie-PCs. If the first is a mere annoyance, the second gives us an indicator on cybersecurity level. One month ago, after DDOS attacks involving large BotNets , I called for cyberawareness to increase in Korea.  ( link ) The current numbers are bad and shows the way will be long.

The recent trend is the most worrying. “South Korea experienced the largest jump (by 45 percent) in zombies created quarter over quarter, and contributed more than a half-million new zombies to the party this quarter” said McAfee. It’s easy to predict spam volume will raise in the next future.

[Top 10 Zombie Creation]

Meanwhile, Korea maintains its position in the “infamous collection” , as called humorously by the software company.

[Top 10 Global Spam Origins]

In our precedent post, we reported the recent surge in DDOS blocking software sales.  It will prevent future harms to websites but won’t stop  zombie infection. There is only one good prophylactic policy : educate everyone to cybersecurity.

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