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    Suspected bot master busted
    Very interesting article:

    http://online.securityfocus.com/news/11353

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    Over nearly a year, Ancheta allegedly used automated software to infect Windows systems, advertised and sold access to the compromised PCs, and used the software to perpetrate click fraud, garnering tens of thousands of dollars in affiliate fees, according to a 58-page indictment released on Thursday.
    Looks like he got a bit too frustrated with his inability to get clicks legitimately...
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    And in late 2004 and early 2005, computers at the Defense Information Security Agency (DISA) and the Weapons Division of the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, California, became infected with bot software.
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    Heh, I might be wrong, but I'm guessing he really p***** on the wrong guy's shoe. Ignoring everything else that he did, infecting computers in the Weapons Division of the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center has gotta be worth a bit of time in the clink.
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    Ancheta allegedly received checks from GammaCash, an affiliate program run by Gamma Entertainment, and from LOUDcash, a program run by CDT, which was acquired by advertising firm 180solutions.
    180solutions' CDT subsidiary, renamed Zango in April, had already canceled Ancheta's account by that time, according to company spokesman Sean Sundwall. The Bellevue, Washington-based company, whose past advertising tactics gained the ire of many Internet users, has aggressively pursued click fraudsters over the past year, Sundwall said.
    Do you still remember 180solutions telling us they they were doing nothing wrong. They should be in jail with this guy for financing him.

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    Typical Affiliate "tricks for Clicks" playa not content on using 180Solutions/Zanga to force cookie stuff his affiliate code on competitor's & merchant sites. Brainstorm -- Just access the warez spam tools and combine e-mail spam bots, PPCSE + site scrapers with BHO backdoor trojans earning infestation fees and cookied affiliate sales.

    ..." If found guilty of all charges, Ancheta could be sentenced to a maximum of 50 years in prison and would have his assets seized, including a 1993 BMW bought in October 2004, allegedly with proceeds from affiliate sales"....

    I wonder if he had a dedicated CJ rep as part of their elite 200? I can see the network in-house AM's right now checking to see if they lost one of their top producers and potential Award winner for the most innovative affiliate.
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    the vast majority of his profit was from installing adware on the compromised systems and using them to generate pay-for-click affiliate fees, according to the indictment
    And what do you know, 180 Solutions was a prime vehicle he used to commit these crimes.

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    Can't help but wonder if this affiliate was in "compliance" with the networks he joined.
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    I wonder if he had a dedicated CJ rep as part of their elite 200? I can see the network in-house AM's right now checking to see if they lost one of their top producers and potential Award winner for the most innovative affiliate.
    That'd be an LS award... And they're probably rewriting the next Award press release already!
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    That'd be an LS award... And they're probably rewriting the next Award press release already!
    There's probably more truth in that statement than we suspect...

    After all, it's happened before!

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    And they're probably rewriting the next Award press release already!
    But, don't they usually rewrite it AFTER they release it? LOL
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    But, don't they usually rewrite it AFTER they release it? LOL
    This time, they decided to be proactive (for a change) and catch an embarrassing goof before it is relegated to history at ABW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy
    This time, they decided to be proactive (for a change) and catch an embarrassing goof before it is relegated to history at ABW!

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    Here's some good news, unless your a BHO infestation scumbag...
    Following a defeat in the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2005, peer-to-peer file sharing service Grokster today pulled its software from distribution as part of a settlement with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and shut down its file-sharing service. Details of the settlement will reportedly be available from a federal judge in Los Angeles at the end of the day.


    Grokster's Web site now reads in part: "The United States Supreme Court unanimously confirmed that using this service to trade copyrighted material is illegal. Copying copyrighted motion picture and music files using unauthorized peer-to-peer services is illegal and is prosecuted by copyright owners."

    The Supreme Court found that Grokster (and P2P company Morpheus) were potentially liable for copyright infringement because they actively promoted their software as being capable of downloading copyrighted works without permission.

    Grokster's site now reads: "There are legal services for downloading music and movies. This service is not one of them."

    The U.S. Supreme Court decision does not bar peer-to-peer file sharing technology for non-infringing purposes, however, and Grokster apparently hopes to resurrect itself as Grokster 3G, a new desktop P2P client with no adware, bundles, or spyware.

    The URL for the article does popup a frigging "Smilies Central" Ad to pound home the message.... http://news.designtechnica.com/article8745.html
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    Federal authorities arrested a 20-year-old California man on Thursday, accusing him of creating bot software to compromise nearly 400,000 Windows computers and using his control of the systems to garner more than $60,000 in profits.
    He's just a small time punk kid. The money stolen from affiliates is in the mega millions.

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