Gizza job, virus writers ask AV industry

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  1. cb911 macrumors 601

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    the latest MyDoom variant contains a hidden message - the creators asking for a job in the anti-virus industry. :eek:

    http://www.theregister.com/2004/09/10/mydoom_job_plea/

    obviously, that would never happen. and if it did... and the public found out that someone like that was working at the company, i know i'd never buy one of their products.

    however, i am all for these hidden messages in virus, funny stuff. :p
     
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Actually, this probably not unusual. Who better to stop virii than those that used to create them?


    Lethal
     
  3. stoid macrumors 601

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    Indeed, heard the story of Frank Abagnale?

    Counterfeited millions in checks, and now owns one of the best and biggest check anti-crime businesses in the world.
     
  4. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Or have you seen the movie? And of course the absolute irony of him appearing on "To Tell the Truth."

    Kevin Mitnick does security now to.
     
  5. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    the old one or the new one? cause the old one sucks but the new one with leonardo dicaprio is awesome!
     
  6. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Didn't know there was an old movie. I haven't seen either one.
     
  7. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    Come on, it happens all the time, in the security industry burglars are recruited... i've been given home security demonstrations by felons before. Insurance investigators use people convicted of insurance fraud... You probably use products/services that use this same philosophy elsewhere.

    There are certainly virus writers and ex-hackers in the computer security field today...

    paul
     
  8. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Mitnick never wrote a virus. That's a bit different.
     
  9. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Different method, Same madness.
     
  10. srobert macrumors 68020

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    Hire the guy then sell him to Microsoft for the bounty. ^_^
     
  11. cb911 thread starter macrumors 601

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    in that article one person from an AV company (in Germany i think) said that the skills used to write a virus are quite different to those needed to protect against them. well, i guess well never know unless we get a chance to talk to a virus writer who's tried to write anti-virus software...

    i can understand about that Abagnale fellow, but writing software has got to be just a bit different.
     
  12. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Of course they'll say that. It's proper PR.

    Hire a virus writer to write virii in the lab and then have the a/v writers code a way to stop it. If you employ a guy that writes killer virii and you have a/v guys that can, because of months/years of working w/Mr. Virus, write a/v code in record time, thus allowing you to release updates before other a/v companies, don't you think that would be good for business?


    Lethal
     
  13. kettle macrumors 65816

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    I heard Microsoft uses lots of script kiddies for their software development.
    The guy guy should settle in nicely.
     
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  15. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    No they don't.

    It might be called intimidation or coercion.


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  16. sebisworld macrumors 6502

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    T-Online, the AOL of Europe, hired guys in the past that successfully hacked their system. I think that such a behaviour might be shortsighted, though, as it just encourages others to hack, as well (besides that, writing a virus is really not that hard, especially if you are using well-documented security holes).
     
  17. cb911 thread starter macrumors 601

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    okay, so maybe companies do things like that... but they're doing a good job of keeping it quiet.

    does Microsoft really use alot of script kiddies?
     

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