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Do malware writers ever get arrested?


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#1 Evenjos

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 02:43 AM

I'd like to know about the process between black hats and white hats, and if there's a team of people somewhere who track down malware writers and spammers. My computer was infected with the Security Tool virus, which took me ALL DAY to deal with, and I'm still not done. It's pure evil.

So I'd like to know, what sort of person writes such a nasty virus? Is it just one person, or a team? How do they protect themselves from being arrested? And what will eventually happen to him/her/them? I'm hoping lots and lots of prison time.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 07:37 AM

Yes, and then they get high paying jobs to do security for governments, large electronics corporations, etc.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 12:20 PM

Yeah as JonM33 said it is a cycle, If you think about it, its like they are writing it as an example so they can get that high paying govt job. :)They break the law then they prevent others from breaking the law.
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#4 Evenjos

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 12:33 PM

Well, that's wonderfully moral. They get ahead at the expense of other people's time and work hours. How nice.

Grrrrrr. NOT what I wanted to hear. But thanks for your replies. I'm still hoping someone on this site will diagnose my Hijack This log and help me clean off whatever traces of virus are still affecting my browser.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 12:37 PM

Just be patient as it may take a few days for someone to pick up you log. :thumbsup:
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 01:02 PM

Well, that's wonderfully moral. They get ahead at the expense of other people's time and work hours. How nice.

Grrrrrr. NOT what I wanted to hear. But thanks for your replies. I'm still hoping someone on this site will diagnose my Hijack This log and help me clean off whatever traces of virus are still affecting my browser.


Ever seen the movie "Catch Me If You Can"? If not, it's about a person (Frank Abagnale Jr) who used to forge checks, millions of dollars worth. He was so good that the FBI hired him to help catch others and he was also paid to develop better checks that prevent forgery.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 02:28 PM

The odds of getting caught are slim. But some do get arrested: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/335754/creators-of-the-tdl3tidservtdss-rootkit-arrested/

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#8 Evenjos

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:33 PM

I did see Catch Me If You Can, and I did have a problem with the character of Frank. I was inclined to forgive him due to his youth, his mental problems, and the fact that he spent the rest of his life working to redeem himself. I doubt all of these hackers have that much to redeem them. Nasty people.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 11:29 AM

My computer was infected with the Security Tool virus, which took me ALL DAY to deal with, and I'm still not done. It's pure evil.


my problems are going on for about a month now. lol. so far ive been spending about 40 hrs on the problem. i back upped all the important stuff so I'm basically ready to give up and do a compete reinstall of the OS.
But not just yet! Since I've been dealing with this for so long I think it is well worth it to wait that extra week to get your problem taken care of here. Do not give in to temptation and let's defeat that evil spy-ware!

Edited by scherrypoppa, 18 August 2010 - 11:30 AM.


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Posted 19 August 2010 - 03:10 PM

But not just yet! Since I've been dealing with this for so long I think it is well worth it to wait that extra week to get your problem taken care of here. Do not give in to temptation and let's defeat that evil spy-ware!


Did you try ComboFix? I ran it just now (after backing up everything on my computer), and it seems to have solved the problem! I don't have peace of mind yet ... I won't really, until an expert analyzes my ComboFix log ... but I feel a lot better, being able to surf the internet like usual. I just hope it lasts. I'm worried that the redirects will start happening again.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 03:54 PM

Please do not suggest combofix:

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 12:35 PM

If a virus writer did get arrested and sentenced would they go to a normal prison?

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 12:46 PM

I'd like to know about the process between black hats and white hats, and if there's a team of people somewhere who track down malware writers and spammers. My computer was infected with the Security Tool virus, which took me ALL DAY to deal with, and I'm still not done. It's pure evil.

So I'd like to know, what sort of person writes such a nasty virus? Is it just one person, or a team? How do they protect themselves from being arrested? And what will eventually happen to him/her/them? I'm hoping lots and lots of prison time.



How about "burning them at the stake? :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 05:49 PM

If a virus writer did get arrested and sentenced would they go to a normal prison?


As in one of those High security prisons with big angry men running around in prison gangs with shanks and knives? In the United States, most likely not. They are probably sent to a minimum security prison or something like that for people who commit more white collar crimes. But the thing is they can be sent to prison if what they do is serious enough to warrant it.
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 05:08 AM

I would hope so, but sadly - I bet they don't, even if they could catch them it would probably be to much paperwork/detail investigation that charges wouldn't be pursued. I could be wrong.. hopefully i am.. :thumbsup:




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