Six Botnets Add Up For 85% Of All Spam
An analysis performed by net security firm Marshal brings up some stunning result: 85% of the spam in February is the (evil) work of just six botnets.
March 3, 2008
Rather interesting, it seems that Srizbi creators are very interested in constant feedback: it keeps reporting both the good and the bad email addresses, so the spammers can have a clear view at the statistics.
The runner-up in February's spamming competition was Rustock, with a 20% “market share”. The champion of the past, Mega-D, has fallen on the third spot after a 10 days forced time out. Still, Mega-D managed to account for 11% and it's still known to have around 35,000 zombie clients. In other words, it's rather safe to bet on its come back on the top spot.
The other significant active spambots in February are as follows:
- Hacktool.Spammer (Spam-Mailer) - 7%
- Pushdo family (aliases Pandex and Cutwail) - 6%
- Storm - 2%
The sixth place is very embarrassing for Storm. The botnet is known to include 85,000 compromised hosts. By comparison, Mega-D has only more than a third of that number, has been out for more than a week and still manged to get on the podium.
The complete analysis is available here.