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Biggest email attack

Date: August 06, 2007

Storm wave is biggest email attack on the Internet in years

Be careful of those emails with breaking news or e-greeting card attachments which are becoming increasingly common and could bring more grief than information or good wishes. Researchers are reporting huge volumes of virus-laden material arriving in email in-boxes everywhere.

Information Week reports that the chief culprit is the Storm worm, which has apparently grown into a prolonged online siege 10 times larger than any other e-mail attack in the last two years, assembling a criminal botnet of nearly 2 million computers that researchers fear may be used for extortionate Distributed Denial of Services assaults.

Between July 16 and Aug. 1, researchers at software security firm Postini have recorded 415 million spam e-mails luring users to malicious Web sites, according to Adam Swidler, a senior manager with Postini.
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