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Re: Spam sent via spambots?
From: Nick FitzGerald <nick () virus-l demon co uk>
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2004 13:42:56 +1300

J.A. Terranson wrote:

And further, does anyone have any idea how to pick apart how much of
that is simply relaying type activity vs.dedicated spam-bot activity?

Does it matter?

Yes, as many of the former are simply due to (legitimate user) 
misconfiguration and do not provide any form of backdooring to the 
system, whereas the spammers are much more actively involved in 
"managing" the latter and can actively update/replace/supplement the 
code running on them.  Thus the latter are much more likely able to 
avoid (or perhaps "survive") "fixing".

Nick FitzGerald
Computer Virus Consulting Ltd.
Ph/FAX: +64 3 3529854

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