The Rustock botnet is actually an international network of virus-infected computers that has been taken advantage of for years by generating billions of emails each day in order to promote unlicensed online pharmacies and impotence pills. Well, we have good news for the masses – email traffic from Rustock has completely collapsed after Microsoft managed to seize servers that were suspected of covertly controlling more than a million Windows-powered PCs, thanks to the backing of US Marshals to boot. This shutdown scale has been unprecedented, but at least you can now sleep easy knowing that the world’s biggest source of spam is now no longer working and available. We do, however, expect something else to rise up in its place – that is unfortunate, but it is how the world works.


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