[ISN] New undersea cable feeds African botnets

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 03:21:49 -0500 (CDT)

By John E. Dunn 
26 May 2010

Spam coming from Africa could be about to boom thanks to new broadband 
infrastructure in the Eastern half of the continent, according to 
Symantec's MessageLabs division.

The proportion of global spam sent by Africa is still a tiny 3 percent, 
by MessageLab's reckoning, but that is up from the 2 percent in April 
2009. At a time when global spam levels are stable, the extra 1.2 
billion spam emails is large enough to count as a new trend.

Although the Western side of Africa, and North-Africa in particular, 
still account for the overwhelming volume of African spam, the company 
notes the lighting of a new undersea fibre cable running down the 
eastern edge of the continent in July 2009 was probably the key 

Coming ashore in Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mozambique, 
the 8,400Km long, 1.2 terabit link could explain why that side of 
continent has seen its share of the African spam phenomenon rise.


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