The Grum botnet, who passed on sometime around July 15th, was best known as the world’s third largest botnet. It was responsible for 17.4 percent of the world’s spam emails that end up in our computer inboxes. It’s master servers, located in Panama and the Russian Federation, submitted their last commands this past week. They were put to rest by Dutch Authorities with the assistance of their counterparts in Ukraine and Russia.
Grum fell ill when two of its Internet secondary controlling servers were shut down, but remained alive and functioning. Its bot herders put Grum on new secondary servers in Ukraine. However, when those servers were attacked by authorities, its master servers failed, and Grum died.
The World is not saddened by its passing, nor will it miss its ruthless spewing of mountains of spam email daily, in fact, many in the World are happy. Grum is survived by its bot herders, cyber criminals who operated Grum, and they will undoubtedly rent or purchase one or more spam-generating botnets to take its place. Such is the life cycle of a botnet. Our heart-felt wishes are that the bot-herding criminals are tracked down and put in jail for many years so that Grum will not be survived by another spam-spewing piece of garbage.
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