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Spammers and other cybercrooks are rebuilding their arsenal of compromised machines after suffering a setback with the takedown of cybercrime-friendly ISP McColo last November. Botherders have taken control of 12 million new IP addresses in the first quarter of 2009, a 50 per cent increase since the last quarter of 2008, …

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Coat

Ponder this

I blame Vista for this... and before you start egging me, let me explain...

While Vista was/is a steaming pile of crap for many reasons, in a lot of respects it was hardened against malware, to a better extent than XP was.

Because Vista WAS such a steaming pile of tripe, people held onto their XP boxes much longer, and thus gave a greater pool of boxes to infect with the plague.

Now that Win 7 has come out, and actually looks like it has legs, hopefully we will start seeing all the older XP boxes start to get replaced, and a slight drop in the pool of pwned machines.

I know I am dreaming, but its nicer in my dream world, now I will go back to getting my massage from Keria Knightley, and Kate Moss.

Mines the one with the Win 7 RC 1 DVD in the pocket...

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Oh Gee

You mean the hype and over reaction to conficker had a down side???? /gasps Say it ain't so?? Wow who would have ever though that would happen? I mean.... Well now that you mention it, anyone with an ounce of common sense who didn't buy into totally ridiculous amount of hype it generated could have told you that.

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Boffin

Volumes

"Compared with the same quarter a year ago, junk mail volumes are down 20 per cent in Q1 2009"

No Way! I've observed a nasty surge in Spam hitting my server over Q1 this year. (Having said that, last years logs are long ago archived so can't back that up with stats...)

I had attributed the surge to this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/14/symantec_threat_report/

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Boffin

Numbers

Claiming large number of IP address infections makes for a good scary headline, but isn't necessarily a good measure of how many actual computers are infected. Recent analysis of the Torpig botnet – by researchers who aren't affiliated with any antivirus vendor – found a roughly 10-to-1 ratio. [http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/04/torpig_hijacked/]

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Happy

Any word on the UK's most important infestation?

That being the Houses of Parliament of course.

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@ UK's most important infestation?

No but rumour has it Kent has his hand up JSs skirt

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@N

"No but rumour has it Kent has his hand up JSs skirt"

And I thought him being hand-in-blouse with her was unpleasant enough.

*shudder*

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