A major spam botnet that inundated email inboxes around the world with emails promoting fake prescription drugs is gone. So says the security firm that helped kill it. “The Grum botnet has finally been knocked down. All the known command and control (CnC) servers are dead, leaving their zombies orphaned,” wrote Atif Mushtaq of FireEye Malware Intelligence Lab in California, referring to computers enslaved by hackers for malicious use. The security firm worked with The Spamhaus Project, computer experts and Internet service providers around the world in the effort. The botnet has been around for about four years, and “has lately been responsible for about 15 to 17 percent of all spam,” Vincent Hanna of The Spamhaus Project, told NBC News Thursday. Read the full story at NBC News.

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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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