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Abstract
May 25, 2007, 12:44 AM
Story (http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSL2264466120070525?feedType=RSS)


HELSINKI (Reuters) - Computer specialist Didier Stevens put up a simple text advertisement on the Internet offering downloads of a computer virus for people who did not have any.

Surprisingly, he found as many as 409 people clicking on the ad saying "Is your PC virus-free? Get it infected here!" during a 6-month advertising campaign on Google's Adword, said the IT security expert.

"Some of them must have clicked on it by mistake. Some must have been curious or stupid," said Mikko Hypponen, head of research at data security firm F-Secure.

There was no virus involved, it was an experiment aiming to show these kind of advertising systems can be used for malicious intent, Stevens told Reuters.


What the hell? I'd hate to be in IT or any tech support.

psychofreak
May 25, 2007, 12:46 AM
How many of the people who clicked were on Windows is an important question...

4nr-
May 25, 2007, 04:20 AM
It would make an appropriate psychology experiment, but wtf was he trying to do?

PlaceofDis
May 25, 2007, 04:22 AM
wow, it clearly stated that you'd get a virus, yet people still clicked on it.
*shakes head*

guess the old saying "there's a sucker born every minute" still holds true?

Bobdude161
May 25, 2007, 05:16 AM
I'm thinking most of them were mac users and knew the non risks.

NJuul
May 25, 2007, 06:24 AM
I would click on it. I know I can't get a virus anyway, so I'd be curius as to what it was. Obviously one would doubt that it would really be possible to click on a google ad and get a virus. It would be like Google saying "Sue me".

AoWolf
May 25, 2007, 09:35 AM
People are remarkably stupid about this kind of stuff.

I had a teacher in high school get very angry after I tried to explain that the email from Microsoft for a software beta was a scam. She said that I was just jealous I didn't get the free $200. Some people deserve what they get.

mattscott306
May 25, 2007, 09:47 AM
I'm thinking most of them were mac users and knew the non risks.

Doubtful- It was probably people curious to find out what the ad was all about. You'd have to be pretty stupid to do it, but it's kind of like putting up a sign that says "Do Not Touch the Glass"- it makes you want to reach out... and... touch... the... glass...

psycoswimmer
May 25, 2007, 09:50 AM
My friends want to me to put a virus on my flash drive and put it on the school Windows computers. I wouldn't though...

:D

noaccess
May 25, 2007, 10:15 AM
Back when I was about... uh... 10, had a PC and didn't have any important data on my computer, I purposefully searched for sites that would offer viruses for download. I did it for the challenge of having to clear the system afterwards.

I must have been very, very bored that day. But to some people who are bored and have nothing to lose... this isn't really such a bad thing. :)

whooleytoo
May 25, 2007, 10:40 AM
The clickers could be people on others' PCs... :p

exabytes18
May 25, 2007, 04:24 PM
Couldn't some of those be bogus, as in click fraud?

GFLPraxis
May 25, 2007, 06:02 PM
What the hell? I'd hate to be in IT or any tech support.


It's not so bad.

When you read stuff like this, you sit back, smile, and think "Job security!"

Stevenup7002
May 27, 2007, 07:29 AM
Type this:

start virus.bat
virus.bat

And then save it as virus.bat, then run it. Have fun!

dmw007
May 27, 2007, 08:01 AM
I'm thinking most of them were mac users and knew the non risks.

I would hope that this was the case.....



...but probably not. :rolleyes: :D :cool:

freebooter
May 27, 2007, 08:49 AM
Many such experiments have been conducted.
One I remember reading about: someone advertised werewolf pups for sale, and received a tremendous response. What it shows is that, as the wise say, mankind is asleep.
How else does one explain NASCAR, Microsoft, and thousands of nuclear weapons in the hands of the Bush regime?

Jopling
May 27, 2007, 05:19 PM
I think I may have actually seen this and clicked on it knowing I couldn't get a virus. Thats the beauty of a mac, I can go on as many sketchy websites as I want.

dmw007
May 28, 2007, 09:40 AM
Many such experiments have been conducted.
One I remember reading about: someone advertised werewolf pups for sale, and received a tremendous response. What it shows is that, as the wise say, mankind is asleep.
How else does one explain NASCAR, Microsoft, and thousands of nuclear weapons in the hands of the Bush regime?


Who wouldn't want a werewolf pup? :p ;) :D

Cindynjgirl79
May 28, 2007, 10:56 PM
does this prove a point? that people are dumb or that they don't read what pops up on the computer? why would click on anything that you don't know what it does? in the big picture, 406 people does seem like that much to me.