Statistics gathered by security firm Ciphertrust reveal just how bad the problem of botnets is getting.
“Every day we are detecting more than 250,000 connecting to the internet and sending mail,” said Paul Judge, chief technology officer at Ciphertrust.
“That’s unique machines that have never done it before,” he said. “It’s a distribution platform that is becoming more popular for attackers.”
Mr Judge said the count of new bots had hit 250,000 every day in November 2005 and had stayed at that level ever since.