Shadowboxing With a Bot Herder
I went into the interview knowing very little about this individual, other than his online alter ego, "Witlog," and that he has infected close to 30,000 Windows PCs with his computer worm, which he claims is powered by code that he downloaded from a Web site, modified slightly, and set loose on the 'Net. I came away from the interview no more knowledgeable about his background, age, location or motivation, but perhaps with a stark reminder of how just a little bit of knowledge can be such a dangerous thing.
Witlog claims he doesn't use his botnet for illegal purposes, only "for fun." I found that claim pretty hard to believe given a) the income he could make installing ad-serving software on each computer under his control, combined with b) the risk he is taking of getting caught breaking into so many computers. Security Fix - Brian Krebs on Computer and Internet Security - (washingtonpost.com)
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