Secrets of a botnet developer

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Article from Issue 145/2012
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Botnets aren’t all bad. We’ll show you how to harness the power of the botnet architecture to solve realworld problems in a business context.

A few years ago, I developed a commercial botnet, also known as a sniper. This sniper botnet automatically purchased vehicles from a website. It also arranged for payment and scheduled shipping to my client, a very reputable automotive dealership. Although the first live test was unsuccessful, I quickly found the problem and composed an email to indicate that we were ready to try again. The email read something like this…

Dear Client, The snipers are in place and they’re going to fire at cars today, starting at noon. Hopefully they’ll hit something today …!

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