Storm certainly served as inspiration to yet another growing botnet dubbed Mega-Dik.
Speculations are afloat that the said botnet could be behind the recent spamming campaign that floods user inboxes with ads on male enhancements and replica watches. These spammed messages have links to Mega-Dik.com. Trend Micro Senior Threat analyst Jamz Yaneza believes that the product MegaDik is a scam.
Researchers are divided in their views regarding this said botnet. Marshal reports that Mega-Dik was responsible for more than a third of spammed messages in the past three months.
That information would be a testament to the apparent decline of Storm, which probably resulted from its immense popularity: being popular means everyone is after Storm. Yet it remains unclear whether Mega-Dik is independent of the infamous Storm, or if the people behind the latter are also behind it.
Yaneza adds that the Mega-Dik Trojan/botnet could in fact be old and much of it is being detected generically.
The mayhem caused by Storm could serve as a precedent for any routines demonstrated by this apparently rising botnet if indeed it poses a threat to Internet security — and a grave threat at that.