Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by mastertanvir, Nov 18, 2017.
Please tell the story one by one about your starting journey of IM
What about your story of IM ?
Op wants others first so he can take bits, rewrite them and claim it's his lol!
if i am drunk and have a lot of time i will maybe answer ...... or even then i have some more interesting to do i guess
I truly started out as a dumb kid back in about 2005 or so (so I was fifteen). I started a terribly laid out Blogspot blog in which I talked about rumors and shit from my high school and surrounding schools as well. The total high school population was probably around 2,000 for the whole county, and cell service was nonexistent. I still managed to get some solid traffic (few hundred hits a day). Nobody ever found out it was me.
I used this to springboard into cheating guides for online classes taught at the school. This would essentially be the answer keys for all the online exams for things such as psychology, western civilization, and other AP classes without an in-person instructor, but instead a facilitator (she was super cool, still is, and came to our wedding with her awesome husband). I made it white text on a white background and searchable. Quite a few people used it, nobody was caught, and nobody ever found out it was me.
I then thought of the bright idea to start an eBay and PayPal account, and sell a fake signed baseball that I replicated the signature on. It was a signed baseball by Sammy Sosa. Except it was a baseball that I bought from Wal Mart and did the whole "write someone's signature upside-down" thing. The buyer spent a couple hundred on it, and emailed my throwaway that this was a fake, so I disconnected my bank account from my PayPal and closed both the eBay and PayPal accounts.
Then in about 2006 I decided to try and make some bank. I made another blog and joined AdSense. These were the wild west days. I then performed what was the equivalent of negative SEO against all my competitors in the tiny local niche I was in. This was well before I knew what SEO was, and before negative SEO was really a known thing. Whoops. Worst part was, I didn't make much at all.
At the same time, I decided to run for student government president at my high school. I was well-liked and fit in with all the crowds, from the emo kids to the rednecks, but not really that popular. I was the set drummer in the school band and was doing pretty well in track and field, and the teachers liked me, so i figured why not. Ran my junior year against an actual popular kid. I spent that time riding on the coattails of a complete web-based campaign that I developed. I went way overboard, including a school-wide scavenger hunt. I won that election with over 80% of the vote, to become the first junior ever elected as student government president (I peaked in high school).
The following year I took it up a notch, and ran again, with one of my best friends as my vice president. She was cool, we were close, and she is now my wife. We won by a landslide again, and I became the first student in my school's history to be student government president more than once. No biggie.
I segwayed into e-whoring in mid 2007, back when I was still a minor. I used pic galleries and created Facebook and MySpace accounts with Blogspots to try and coerce guys into sending the fake me Amazon gift cards. I made a pretty penny for a high school kid doing this for a few months, until I got with the girl who is now my wife, and I stopped that game all together.
My knowledge of writing sales copy for websites was a massive help in college application and scholarship essays. I applied for and was accepted to a wide range of colleges in the tri-state area, but I ended up attending the closest one to home (about 90 minutes away, and I'm glad I did, as my Mom was diagnosed the day I started college). I wrote such solid essays that I received over a dozen small scholarships, that ended up paying for my college education and then some.
In college, I switched over to counterfeit goods on eBay with a new set of accounts. I spent my freshman year of college running various online schemes that were in a gray to black area. This was about the time I found BHW initially (I've been around long enough to remember @proxygo's old account). I sold dozens and dozens of fake second-generation iPod shuffles on eBay. I would sell one for $50, then turn around and buy the fake one from a place in China for $10, mail it to myself, repackage it, and mail it in a bubble mailer to the buyer. Probably sold close to 1,000 of them before someone complained (rightly so) and both eBay and PayPal banned my social security number for life. (I only got a PayPal back about three years ago)
Being the idiot kid I was, I switched over to Amazon. Back when the Twilight box sets came out, I sold 50+ box sets on Amazon but made sure to mention in small print at the very bottom of a long, long description that the books would arrive in PDF form on a CD-R. Each box set sold for over $30. Amazon caught on and banned me as well.
In 2009, I led the charge in an exploit of Gilt Groupe that gave newly-referred users $20 and gave the person referring them $20 as well. I used the Gmail plus trick to sign up over 100 new accounts on the same email address. This gave me $2,000 in credit across 100 accounts, and another $2,000 in credit on my main account. I used all the small ones first, exploiting the fact that they had a free shipping coupon, and bought a ton of stuff that was marked down from $50 to $19, with free shipping. Never had to put in credit card information, and I lived on campus, so could use a rotation of Suite numbers for my address and variations of my name. I got so much free stuff.
Around the same time I forayed into cookie stuffing (shhh), and made some good bank on that through various networks, the most profitable of which being Adult FriendFinder. Not because I actually stuffed well, but because someone I referred to the program on a 10% rev share banked over $100,000 over the course of a year, and then another $50,000+ the following year.
My next venture was bootleg supplements (not drugs). I rebranded bottles of custom-made supplement mixes from Custom Capsule and sold them on the down-low throughout my college campus. Made a pretty penny before campus PD found out and shut me down. I was threatened with expulsion, and I got scared and left the hustling concepts behind for a few years, focusing on fueling an addiction to Halo 3/Halo Reach, and dicking around on message boards like the BB.com Misc and others. I got jobs on campus, and at a local Subway, and eventually at a casino before I graduated college with a degree.
After college, I had a year where my wife was a senior (we were married the week after she graduated). I spent that year working 60 hour weeks at the casino and spending my off days (which were my wife's days she was on campus) hanging around campus building up websites at the library on my Mac and spending way too much money on iced white hot chocolates. Built up some cool sites and was getting some traffic, helped with paying for the wedding and honeymoon.
We moved so the wife could do medical school. I then started doing rep management with a single client that was paying me more than I was making with my new full time job doing data analytics like a big boy. Client base grew through word of mouth. I started getting overextended, and made a push towards a more effective way of working. That became a passion of mine (productivity). In mid-2015, I remembered Blackhatworld, and started actually contributing on an account I remembered the login information for (this one). Business continued to flourish, and I'm sure most of you are well aware of how things have gone from then to today.
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