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Malware-as-a-Service

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RobD
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Re: Cracking Down
RobD   8/27/2012 4:33:47 PM
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@kicheko Still, another example of the Wild Wild West Internet.

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RobD   8/27/2012 4:31:59 PM
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@Horizon777 Yes, try to explain this to a teenage or young-adult user of the Internet. I don't know how many times I heard "I ran a scan but <insert AV here> didn't catch anything!" every time one of mine complained about things running slow (usually prefaced by "did you make any changes?" aimed in my direction) which more often than not turned a simple look into a multi-hour sanitization process.

I may have had my car cleaned for free a number of times, but as long as the behavior persisted, the problems remained.

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Agile   6/30/2012 5:40:31 PM
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I must admit when I saw the title of the Keith's blog - I had to take a double take - Malware as a Service ?     Why of course, and we should have seen this coming.  The Net is becoming more dangerous by the minute.


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Re: Cracking Down
vrs400   6/30/2012 3:07:31 PM
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LOL. Yes, I dream of data. Perhaps I am an android and I dream of electric sheep too. ;)

What I think happened was I was writing on Facebook late last night and I was also reading about computer security threats. I posted on a friend's Facebook and passed out. All that mixed up in my mind to the aforementioned dream/nightmare. Or it was prophetic. Either way I'll be running a virus update today.

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kicheko   6/30/2012 3:04:40 PM
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VRS, - I definitely hope that dream does not come true for you. ION, Haha...you dream about data? either you work a lot or you have some sensitive project going on there, or you are really one with your computer :-)...

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vrs400   6/30/2012 2:03:59 PM
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@kicheko, amen to that. Well said. The criminal world offering Malware as a Service (MaaS) is the crude awakening software vendors in the computer security industries need to try to stay ahead of the unscrupulous. I had a frightening dream last night that a friend of mine sent me an attachment, I opened it and it completely ripped through my system stealing valuable data. Perhaps this was a prophetic dream of things to come if I am not more careful.

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vrs400   6/30/2012 1:55:28 PM
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@cloudy, a foolish consistency, repetitive behavior will always attract the attention of those in positions of power who can then use database analysis and basic investigative techniques to track the source is the problem.

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kicheko   6/30/2012 10:25:38 AM
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Tom, - Its amazing the audacity the criminal world has to the extent of offering malware as a service. This means that i no longer need technical expertise to fail someone's system. All i need is some malice and then i can buy them the fail. It would certainly multiply the problem exponentially. Definitely another call to attention on the internet policing topic.

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cloudy   6/30/2012 6:48:41 AM
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Well true and valid point vrs 400. Its something which should not happen but keeps on happening all the time.

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vrs400   6/30/2012 4:31:25 AM
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@Horizon777, this is what I believe it is as well. No one agency or group of agencies working with permission from a congressional oversight committee (or other country alternative) has such resources available to properly track this behavior.

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