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Archive for October, 2007

The evil idea again, now with the screenshot and with Harry Potter quiz

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

The post “Evil Idea: Make money from spammers!” has raised a number of comments. The intermediate verdict is: “A bad idea if put into practice, not a bad idea in theory”. Probably I know the first step to refactor the idea. Let’s try this way:


Introducing topics and adding improvements

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

The blog is alive for four month, it contains a significant number of posts. Till recently, all the posts were under the category “Uncategorized”. It was ok for a new blog, but it’s bad for a growing blog. Therefore, I spent significant efforts (more about it in my personal blog: “invent categories and tags easily“) and assigned the topics to each posts. So far the categories are:


Spam and the Commercial Malware Industry

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Evil spammers and renegade programmers aren’t who you think they are. Sure, both types of Internet abusers can trace their origins back to random individuals who weren’t commercially organized and whose actions didn’t really cause a huge ripple effect across the ‘Net. But all of that has changed.

Today’s virus attacks are written by professional software developers who charge fees to buyers who want to release their own spam, virus or Trojan horse attack. Developers sell plug-and-play “instant virus outbreaks” and root kits that can be purchased and downloaded online. Organized crime cartels from around the world have sunk their claws into the Internet and they’re making billions of dollars per year running their spam networks and phishing sites.