[Dshield] Extreme increase in spam attempts... any one elseseeing similar event?

Tomas L. Byrnes tomb at byrneit.net
Thu Aug 23 17:21:06 GMT 2007

Aren't' the universities in the middle of returning?

Could the "September effect" be at work, and maybe changing, as all
those machines trojaned through MySpace and other SN sites are
transported to their new, better peered, homes?


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> From: list-bounces at lists.dshield.org 
> [mailto:list-bounces at lists.dshield.org] On Behalf Of Ulf Bahrenfuss
> Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2007 12:36 AM
> To: General DShield Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [Dshield] Extreme increase in spam attempts... 
> any one elseseeing similar event?
> Hi Chris!
> I concur that something is brewing out there.
> The last two weeks we had a drastic decrease in attempted 
> spamming. We went to an all time low of 25 spams per Minute 
> in a 24h average with almost no peaks. But that seemed like 
> the receeding of the water when the tsunami comes.
> Since Monday (20th of August) we see an increase. The inspam 
> is now at above 70 per minute for the last 24 hours (normal 
> load) and we are at about 400 per minute for the last 6 hours 
> and we are awaiting more. The load is not evenly distributed. 
> The attempts come in short hard bursts.
> As our preemptive filters at the front are to be fast, we do 
> not distinguish between spam and Trojan virus attempts, but 
> all seems to point to another rise of the bot armies trying 
> to infect new systems.
> And in another note: Signal to Noice ratio dropped through 
> the floor. We are now trying to get to above 1% Signal :D
> All hands brace for impact ;-)
> Ulf
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