Microsoft Shuts Down Rustock Spambot


Microsoft recently put an end to the Rustock spambot that was responsible for nearly 50% of the world’s spam as of 2010. A series of 5 server centers and the hijacking of a million machines allowed the bot to anonymously send spam from users’ computers. After extensive lawsuits from both Microsoft and Pfizer, the server centers were able to be seized. Read the full article at

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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit


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