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Authorities Shut Down Spam Ring

Oct 15, 2008, 14:47 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brad Stone)

"The security firm Marshal Software, which assisted the F.T.C. with the investigation, estimated in court documents that the group's Mega-D botnet - named after one of its pill products — was made up of 35,000 computers and could send 10 billion e-mail messages a day. In January, the botnet was the leading source of spam on the Internet, the firm estimated.

"F.T.C. investigators also said they monitored the group's finances closely and that it cleared $400,000 in Visa charges in one month alone."

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