The BBC has a story about how the operators of one of the larger botnets that was recently shut down showed up at the offices of a security researcher who helped bring them down
... asking for a job. The article highlights how the researcher, Luis Corrons, basically had figured out who was running the botnet after one of the operators made a mistake and revealed his home computer... which actually was not far from where Corrons worked. It was shut down at the end of last year, but a few months later, Corrons had an interesting experience:
In late March Mr Corrons was preparing for a meeting at Panda's Bilbao lab with a journalist and took a moment to dodge downstairs to get a drink. On the way down he passed two young men coming up.
One asked if he was Luis Corrons. He said yes while wondering who they were.
They introduced themselves which left him no wiser. Then, one of them said; "I'm Ostiator and this is Netkairo."
"It was then I realised these guys were the ones that were arrested in the Mariposa case," he told the BBC. "I thought they wanted to teach me a lesson."
Instead, they asked him for a job, saying that the shutdown of the botnet had "robbed them of their livelihood." Apparently, the two guys started following Corrons on Twitter, sending messages his way and commenting on his blog, before asking for work again. They finally brought in one of the guys for an interview, noting that they wouldn't hire anyone involved in criminal activity. The guy responded that he hadn't been charged with anything. However, Corrons also quickly realized that the guy barely had any technical skills -- pointing out that he didn't write the bot, he just ran it:
"He got really annoyed at that moment, when we told him he was not good enough," said Mr Corrons. Subsequent discussion revealed just how poor their skills were.
"They were given the botnet with all the stuff they needed," said Mr Corrons. "Using it was like using any other program."
So, for the script kiddies out there, perhaps before asking for a job from the security researchers who bring your botnet down, you do a bit of work to make sure you have the actual skills.