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    Following the Cybercriminal money trail...
    Amazing what can be learned when the cybercriminals have to get their hands on their ill gotten cash. New terms like Money Mules get coined and a spotlight gets shown on this "work from home business"... http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2029953,00.asp

    ...The crime rings persuade the victim to come and work for their fake company. Some fraudsters even ask mules to sign official-looking contracts of employment. Once recruited, money mules receive funds into their accounts. These funds are stolen from other accounts that have been compromised.

    Mules then are asked to take these funds out of their accounts and forward them overseas (minus a commission payment), typically using a wire transfer service.

    Then eWeeks visits SunBelt's staff tweeking Counterspy entertains the reporter with some live .. Gootcha you bastards.. sleuth work...
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    It's dress-down Friday at Sunbelt Software's Clearwater, Fla., headquarters. In a bland cubicle on the 12th floor, Eric Sites stares at the screen of a "dirty box," a Microsoft Windows machine infected with the self-replicating Wootbot network worm.

    ADVERTISEMENT Within seconds, there is a significant spike in CPU usage as the infected computer starts scanning the network, looking for vulnerable hosts.

    In a cubicle across the hall, Patrick Jordan's unpatched test machine is hit by the worm, prompting a chuckle from the veteran spyware researcher.

    Almost simultaneously, the contaminated machine connects to an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) server and joins a channel to receive commands, which resemble strings of gibberish, from an unknown attacker.

    "Welcome to the world of botnets," http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2029720,00.asp
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    Very interesting. Thanks for the information.
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    Once I got past the annoying Juniper flash ad on the page the information was enlightening. There is no limit to the chaos eh? Thanks for the article referral Mike.
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    2 great articles Mike, thanks for posting.

    duping people into fake jobs as money mules (story #1) seems like it's something many unemployed people, with and without internet knowledge, are falling for. nasty!

    in the botnet article (story #2), i saw this:
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    "We've seen botnets that are very carefully managed. The techniques [bot herders] use to partition the bots are very sophisticated and interesting. They're partitioning bots on different servers based on bandwidth or location. If it's a dial-up machine, [bot herders] know [the bot] doesn't have much use, so they just put those in one channel and hose them with spyware and get paid for the installation," Nazario said.
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    i bolded the part about how botnets monetize their lesser slave machines with the crapware we talk about all the time... imagine how much money they're making with the "good" machines they've enslaved.

    and this page talks about the different ways they make money:
    http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2030062,00.asp
    they should all be jailed and given signs that say "I'm a serial pedophile".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuts
    2 great articles Mike, thanks for posting.

    duping people into fake jobs as money mules (story #1) seems like it's something many unemployed people, with and without internet knowledge, are falling for. nasty!

    in the botnet article (story #2), i saw this:
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    "We've seen botnets that are very carefully managed. The techniques [bot herders] use to partition the bots are very sophisticated and interesting. They're partitioning bots on different servers based on bandwidth or location. If it's a dial-up machine, [bot herders] know [the bot] doesn't have much use, so they just put those in one channel and hose them with spyware and get paid for the installation," Nazario said.
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    i bolded the part about how botnets monetize their lesser slave machines with the crapware we talk about all the time... imagine how much money they're making with the "good" machines they've enslaved.

    and this page talks about the different ways they make money:
    http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2030062,00.asp
    they should all be jailed and given signs that say "I'm a serial pedophile".
    Sad thing is those making millions on PPCSE leverage and BHO's are also investing cash in the darkside operations as a side play. Makes it hard, or easy, for Google and yahoo to find excuses for not cleaning house. They being the ones cutting the huge checks. That too is a form of money laundering if something isn't done to police the zombie herders click cheats.
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