[funsec] Hand-Waving, Smoke, and Mirrors? Botnet numbers...
ge at linuxbox.org
Thu Oct 5 04:06:23 CDT 2006
On Wed, 4 Oct 2006, Fergie wrote:
> These particular numbers have been brought to my attention:
> Symantec, in its report, said it detected 157,477 unique phishing
> messages in the first half of 2006, a stunning 81 percent increase from
> a year earlier. Symantec found 4.7 million computers worldwide had
> become part of botnets during the first half of 2006, divvied up among
> 6,337 separate operators. On any given day, an average of 57,717 botnet
> computers were active, launching an average of 6,100 denial service
They share their view, which is very cool. They are still way off, as
> This active botnet zombie number (57k average?) look terribly low to me,
> and the 6,100 DoS figure looks to be made up out of whole cloth.
> I'm not sure I had a question to pose, but perhaps soliciting
> - ferg
> "Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
> Engineering Architecture for the Internet
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