Posted on behalf of Mat Nisbet, Malware Data Analyst, Symantec.cloud
Brian Krebs posted on KrebsonSecurity a report about the Rustock botnet apparently going quiet yesterday, and spam from the botnet ceasing. I can confirm that at around 15:30 UTC, on 16 March, spam identified as coming from the botnet known as Rustock ceased sending spam, as shown below:
In the chart above, the spike on this chart is actually normal behaviour for Rustock, as can be seen from this next chart, covering a longer time period:
For the last year or so, Rustock has been the dominant source of spam in the world, by the end of 2010, accounting for as much as 47.5% of all spam. At it’s peak it was responsible...