You should read this: An Interview With an Adware Author

Philosecurity, a blog about information security that I wish I had known about earlier, posted a very informative interview back on January 12th with Matt Knox.  Mr. Knox was one of the prime coders for Direct Revenue, an adware giant that was sued by Eliot Spitzer.

The interview is a great insight into the mind of someone who would write code like that.  If nothing else, it’s good to see how they are managing some of the feats that plague many web users today.

Makes me want to encrypt my hard drive.

Unsurprisingly, they only way he was able to get his code working on a Linux box was through a copy of Internet Explorer running under Wine.  So, if you are going to run IE in Wine, clean it up from time to time.

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