This is an interesting article and probably quite discouraging for the ones that try to fight back against the spammers (like I do on a very small scale).
A few quotes:
“Every day for 14 days the spammers behind the junk mail campaign pumped out more than 100m messages.”
“Analysis of the net addresses where the e-mail messages originated showed that more than 100,000 hijacked home computers spread across 119 nations had been used to despatch the junk mail.”
Have these people never heard of Comodo?
“To try to beat anti-spam techniques that look up the net address from which spam originates to see if it that location has a reputation as a spammer, many of the machines used to send the mail had been recently hijacked. Analysis showed that many had only been taken over in the last 30 days”
So, in about a month these !#$%&**!! spammers gained control of the majority of those 100.000 PCs that were used in the attack. Is it that easy? Almost frightening!
How many do you think scum like this controls in total? Many, many millions, that’s for sure.
Is there no way to hit spammers were it really hurts? >:(