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Criminals try to 'copyright' malware

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by mindseye, May 3, 2008.

  1. mindseye

    mindseye Registered Member

    Dec 14, 2007
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    SAN FRANCISCO ? Even criminal hackers want to protect their intellectual property, and they've come up with a method akin to copyrighting ? with an appropriate dash of Internet thuggery thrown in.

    Professional virus writers are now selling a suite of software on the Internet with an unusual attachment: a detailed licensing agreement that promises penalties for redistributing the malicious code without permission.

    "I just kind of chuckled ? it's kind of humorous," said Zulfikar Ramzan, senior principal security researcher with Symantec.

    Symantec researchers noticed a Russian-language example floating around the Internet and wrote about it on the company's official blog this week. They said it's the only example they've seen.

    The software is used to infect computers and control them remotely. The zombie machines can be used to pump out spam, launch more attacks or steal personal information from their owners.

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