(PRWEB) August 8, 2005
At any point in time there are millions of hacked computers, sending massive amounts of junk email throughout the world without their owner's knowledge or consent.
These computers are known as spam zombies. By using spam zombies, spammers can send ever increasing amounts of junk email while forcing others to bear the cost. Zombie systems may also be used for other nefarious activities such as denial of service attacks.
The anti-spam software provider, SpamButcher (http://www.spambutcher.com) has released a document detailing a series of steps to help identify and neutralize spam zombie systems.
"Killing Spam Zombies Made Easy" is available for viewing free of charge at http://www.spambutcher.com/spamzombies/
The guide breaks down the process of detecting and removing spam zombies into a few simple steps:
Detecting unexplained network activity
Identifying suspect systems
Capturing and evaluating network traffic
Killing the zombie
Decreasing the risk of future infections
The document is geared towards people responsible for small networks of up to about 50 computers. Small companies often lack the needed tools and expertise to readily identify zombies and other threats. By using freely available network utilities, the document can help locate hacked systems without needing to purchase additional software.
The article focuses on the simplest, easiest to understand approach to the problem as opposed to the most efficient. Users with a basic understanding of computers and networking should be able to complete the steps.
In addition to being responsible for a large portion of spam sent, zombies burden networks with excessive traffic and cause end-usersÂ computers to perform poorly. More than ever, itÂs important for those in charge of networks of all sizes to identify and eliminate any zombie systems.
SpamButcher's advanced spam blocker can eliminate over 97% of junk email messages. SpamButcher was the first commercially available anti-spam product to use fuzzy logic to block spam.
A free 21-day trial version of SpamButcher can be downloaded from http://www.spambutcher.com.
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