A Weblog About Topics and Issues Discussed in the Book Spam Kings by Brian McWilliams

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October 12, 2004

Point-and-click Phishing

Bysin, aka Ben Kittridge I've got a new story up at O'ReillyNet about a hacker named Bysin (a.k.a. Ben Kittridge). He's just 18 but apparently is one heck of a programmer. Problem is, Bysin has chosen to consult to the spam business and is selling a spamware program called Fahrenheit. ("Spamming is our last resort to pay rent," he says in the article.)

Turns out someone (not Bysin) recently used a copy of Fahrenheit to send out a "phishing" scam designed to rip off US Bank customers. Bysin's apologetic, but he says he couldn't have done anything to prevent it. (Check out the article for the details.)

A section of Spam Kings ("Rise of the Spam Zombies") delves into the alliance between hackers and spammers. Things have certainly changed since Hacker-X targeted Sanford Wallace in the late 90s.

Posted by brian at October 12, 2004 8:21 PM


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