At least they’re not using real guns

A botnet organizer returns, complete with 3D screensavers

The gang came to prominence by renting out a botnet that fellow online criminals could use to install and maintain their malware. In October, it boasted more than 35,000 infected machines, according to this post by researcher Dancho Danchev. Prices ranged from $110 to $220 per thousand infections depending on where they were located.

The group was taken offline in January following a DDoS attack by a rival gang wielding a Barracuda botnet.

This is a lot like reading about seti/climateprediction/whoever @ Home, only what they do is illegal. I wonder what would happen if some of the malware folks secretly started slipping a little cash or other goodies to the people whose computers they use…

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