I just read a story that scared the living $#!^ out of me. In this story. written by Ryan Naraine, entitled Hackers Selling Vista Zero-Day Exploits, it says that with $50,000 you could by your way into a Vista hack. Now, I just installed Vista on one of my home machines to explore how applications react, and ways I might develop applications for that environment, so I noticed and read the story at eWeek.com.
But, the scary part of the article was not about Vista, it was about this auction that hackers have. Evidently there is an auction that hackers buy and sell everything from back-doors into software to credit card info including the pin numbers.
Imagine people sitting around bidding on your credit card number and pin that some hacker stole from you because you went to a phishing site and didn't know it. These people, they buyers and sellers, are the scum of the earth and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. No. I take that back. They should be strung up by their toes, with a vintage 1998 Colorado Tape backup drive hanging from each of their ten fingers until it is determined that they could never write another line of code. Then they should be neutered so they could never have a child. They should have an electronic bracelet that would send a shock through their system if they even come close to mouse.
Some people may feel that I am being a little harsh. And maybe I am. But, do you enjoy spending 5 hours at a client's site removing mal-ware? I don't. if it weren't for Grisoft and with ewido and AVG I would still be there trying to get rid of that trojan!