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Spam, Phishing, and the Looming Challenge of Big Botnets
 

Summary: Spam, Phishing, and the Looming Challenge of
Big Botnets
RenŽe H. Hemmingsen
Department of Computer Science
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
rhaahr@gmail.com
John Aycock and Michael Jacobson, Jr.
Department of Computer Science
University of Calgary, Canada
{aycock,jacobs}@cpsc.ucalgary.ca
TR 2007-865-17, May 2007,
Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary
Presented at the EU Spam Symposium 2007, Vienna, Austria
Abstract
What could a spammer or phisher do with a botnet of a thousand machines? a
hundred thousand? a million? "Send lots of email" is the least worrisome answer to
these questions. As anti-spam and anti-phishing defenses improve, there is more
than sufficient financial motivation for spammers and phishers to consider what
they can accomplish with enormous scale.
We begin by looking at a wide range of anti-spam defenses. Many of these, like

  

Source: Aycock, John - Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences