New Spamming Botnet On The Rise

Upping its output of spam by nearly 5 percent in recent weeks, a new botnet called Festi has grabbed the attention of researchers, cracking the list of top 10 most prolific spamming botnets, according to Symantec’s MessageLabs Intelligence team.Festi, which the researchers first started watching closely in August, is currently sending an average of 2.5 billion spam messages a day around the world — mostly pharmaceutical spam, including male-enhancement and herbal remedies, as well as jewelry and watches. The botnet has apparently pumped up the volume of spam by recruiting more bots, about 60 percent of which are in Asia, 18 percent in Europe, and 9 percent in North America, according to MessageLabs.
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