Creative Destruction

December 10, 2006

Malware Gangs using ‘KGB-tactics’ to Recruit Tech Grads

Filed under: Uncategorized — Daran @ 5:20 pm

Important if true:

Organised crime is “grooming” a new generation of would-be cybercriminals using tactics which echo those used by the KGB to recruit operatives at the height of the cold war, according to a new blockbuster study by net security firm McAfee.

McAfee’s second annual Virtual Criminology report sensationally claims that crime gangs are targeting academic high-fliers in much the way Soviet intelligence agencies recruited spies such as notorious traitor Kim Philby in the 1940s. The study, which we reckon might prove a plausible basis for the next Tom Clancy blockbuster, suggests that net savvy teens as young as 14 are being “attracted into cybercrime by the celebrity status of hi-tech criminals and the promise of making money without the risks associated with traditional crime”.


  1. Damn the bastards! I have a computer infected with a Norton-proof virus right now and have spent the better part of the weakend trying to outwit it.

    Comment by ohwilleke — December 11, 2006 @ 4:18 am | Reply

  2. 1. Deinstall Windows.

    2. Install Linux.

    Comment by Daran — December 11, 2006 @ 6:36 am | Reply

  3. Tempting. Maybe I should just buy a Mac.

    Comment by ohwilleke — December 11, 2006 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

  4. Do you have broadband?

    Assuming that your current computer is not too fucked, (or you can use a friend’s/your office PC) try this:

    1. Download an Ubuntu Linux Live CD “ISO” image.

    2. Burn it to CD.

    3. On your fucked computer, boot right of the CD.

    4. Play around with it. See what you think.

    5. If you like it, you can install it. You will need to carve a chunk of space off your Window Partition (I suggest at least a couple of GIG). You will get an opportunity to do this during installation. The result will be a dual-boot system. When booting, you can choose which operating system you want to boot into.

    6. If you want someone to hold your hand, find a Linux User Group near you, and politely ask for help.

    7. If you don’t like it, buy a Mac.

    Oh, and by the way, it’s pronounced “Lee-nuks” (rhymes more or less with “books”).

    Comment by Daran — December 11, 2006 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

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