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Bugs, Computer Nasties And Criminals


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#1 MaraM

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Posted 10 June 2007 - 11:59 PM

Don't know if one is supposed to post anything about 'bugs' and other nasties here in our General Chat, but was just reading the below:

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"Criminals recruiting young people

And just as social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook are popular with teenagers, professional computer criminals are exploiting technology-savvy teens through underground online social networks to maximize profits, said Danielle Fournier, general manager of McAfee Canada.

"The age and demographics are interesting," Fournier said. "A few years ago it was all fun for them," she said of the teenagers. "Now at the age of 15, they can make a lot of money [by working for online criminals, writing malware or hacking]"
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"Thirty-five per cent of music shared through peer-to-peer applications is infected by malware," Marcus said as an example. "It's very effective [as a malware delivery vehicle]."

McAfee found that internet searches for filesharing services yielded a high degree of risky results. Searches for "Bearshare" returned 45.9 per cent risky links; "Limewire" gave a 37.1 per cent rate of risk; and "Kazaa" delivered a 34.9 portion of suspect search results.


(Source and full article: http://www.mytelus.com/ncp_news/article.en...ticleID=2694834 )
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Must be a true temptation to be 15 and either work part time for minimum wage or get an allowance versus 'big bucks'. No matter what we read, I suspect the ones that doe it are few and far between?
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 12:13 AM

Some things never change, and children being exploited seems to be one of them.

btw...kids and teen under eighteen can't be prosecuted for these crimes, another reason they are recruited.

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 01:24 AM

Guess that would then bring the responsibility back to the parents - with the apparent 'you are invading my privacy' if parents check what their older teenagers are doing in the computers.

I was curious after reading the article and tried to discover if the penalties for the originators of these scams (assuming they are ever caught) are 'high enough' to act as true deterents - it doesn't seem so. How very odd.
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 01:47 AM

Because a lot of these crimes cross international boundaries it's darn near impossible to arrest much less prosecute these people.

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