Behind The Botnets
from the it-ain't-pretty dept
Just a few hours ago, I wrote about Ben Edelman’s latest evidence concerning sneaky installs of adware/spyware/malware. This ties perfectly into this long article at the Washington Post looking behind the scenes at botnets, who are often used to install adware like 180solutions, in order to generate cash. The folks who run the various botnets (of which there apparently are more than many think — and they’re larger than many believe) don’t seem put off by the weak attempts by the adware companies to make it more difficult to install those products. They recognize that the adware firms make so much money off of surreptitious installs that it’s in their best interests to leave open enough holes. In fact, it sounds like the bigger fear from most botnet operators isn’t that these adware firms will stop making it easy to install their products — but that the firms won’t actually pay them all the affiliate money they owe.