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Botnets cause significant surge in spam

The volume of spam being sent has seen a significant increase recently, and the jump is being attributed to the increasing use of botnets by spammers. Symantec reports that in a recent survey of small businesses, 64 percent reported an increase in the volume of spam received over the last six months with a third saying that the increase was "significant." Jay Best, help desk manager of ihug in New Zealand, said that the ISP had seen a spam increase of 40 percent over the last month alone, and that a spam explosion over the weekend has caused some 37,000 customers to experience e-mail delays of up to 24 hours.

Total Quality Management Cubed -- which provides realtime blacklists and keeps track of spam data -- is reporting a clear surge in spam activity since last June. David Hart, administrator of Total Quality Management, told SecurityFocus (which is owned by Symantec) that while bulk e-mailers have been popular in the past, "what is most alarming is that new clients -- Internet addres...

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