Spammers deserting botnets for compromised accounts

John P. Mello, Jr.

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Recent takedowns of automated networks used to spew electronic junk mail on the Internet is encouraging spammers to turn to compromised accounts to ply their trade, according to a report from a provider of cloud-based security services.

Commtech, of Sunnyvale, CA, noted in its Internet Threats Report for July, “Spammer tactics are changing as spam levels flat-lined this quarter to the lowest levels in around three years, primarily due to the highly-publicized Rustock botnet takedown.” 

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