The people behind botnets and malware

February 18th, 2006

The Washington Post has a very long feature article on botnets and malware that is quite interesting. It focuses more on the people involved — perpetrators, victims, and prosecutors — than on the technology. The centerpiece of the article is the story of a botnet master, 0×80, who clims to make $80K a year working out of his bedroom in his parent’s house.

Invasion of the Computer Snatchers
By Brian Krebs, Sunday, February 19, 2006; Page W10Hackers are hijacking thousands of PCs to spy on users, shake down online businesses, steal identities and send millions of pieces of spam. If you think your computer is safe, think again