IT News has a column saying that the Storm worm has massive distributed power - enough shared computing resources to rival the world's top supercomputers.|
In terms of power, the botnet utterly blows the supercomputers away," said Matt Sergeant, chief anti-spam technologist with MessageLabs, in an interview. "If you add up all 500 of the top supercomputers, it blows them all away with just 2 million of its machines. It's very frightening that criminals have access to that much computing power, but there's not much we can do about it." What do you do with that kind of supercomputing power? You break encryption, set up DDoS attacks, and generally wreak havoc.
Sergeant said researchers at MessageLabs see about 2 million different computers in the botnet sending out spam on any given day, and he adds that he estimates the botnet generally is operating at about 10 percent of capacity.