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[News] Barracuda Uses Free Software in Free Service

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Barracuda offers a new -- and free -- alternative to Spamhaus

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| While Barracuda Networks corporately and Drako personally are both open 
| source boosters, he runs a for-profit company that sells spam-fighting 
| appliances and services. In effect, BRBL is a promotional effort for 
| Barracuda, not to mention that it's something the company needs to maintain 
| anyway to support its own pay-for products.    



Monster spam botnet briefly resurrected from the dead

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| Most of Srizbi's new command and control servers were located in Estonia and
| all of its domains were registered in Russia. For about 13 hours, some
| 100,000 or so infected machines had the ability to connect to those servers,
| though it's not clear exactly how many of them did so, since many of them
| were likely not powered on, Lanstein said.


Spam on rise after brief reprieve

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| Some 450,000 infected computers have been spotted trying to connect to the
| largest of the networks McColo hosted.


Spammers Regaining Control Over Srizbi Botnet

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| The zombie computers used to send spam are coming back to life.
| Security vendors say spammers are reconnecting with hacked PCs used for
| sending spam as evidenced by a rising number of spam messages circulating on
| the Internet the last few days. Spam levels suddenly dropped two weeks ago
| after the shutdown of McColo, a rogue ISP (Internet Service Provider) based
| in San Jose, California, whose connectivity was used to control networks of
| hundreds of thousands of computers to send spam, known as botnets.


Bots rule in cyberspace

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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.

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