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French police have arrested a 20-year-old man who allegedly earned €500,000 (£405,00, $650,000) through an Android malware scam. The unnamed perp from the Amiens region allegedly tricked 17,000 victims into installing a Trojan that posed as a legitimate application on their Android smartphones. In reality, the malicious …

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I don't get these scams. To benefit, you have to collect from the premium rate revenues, which surely leads directly to you - as this witless twunt found out.

Do you use a patsy to collect the profits before scarpering, or fake identities? Either way, seems likely to get nabbed.

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Welcome, my friend, to the murky world of money laundering....

My coat's the one with the drop in it

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Or you know bank with HSBC Mexico: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-18993476

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Patsies

"Do you use a patsy to collect the profits"...."

Spam email offering work from home, "...you must be resident in <chosen country> and have a bank account".

The patsy keeps a percentage of the money arriving in his/her bank account and sends the bulk of it via Western Union to non-existent people in Russia, Ukraine, etc.

When the cops arrest one patsy, you switch to another.

Simples.

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All possible thanks to wonderful openness of Android. Just as inviting to cyber-crooks as an open door is to a burglar.

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You'd be hard pressed to find any malware at all if you obtained your software legitimately, same goes for OSX and Windows, AC troll.

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Malware authors ....

should be:

1) drawn and quartered,

2) burned alive,

3) publicly flogged to death,

4) have their fingers and toes hacked off with a machete, then promptly beheaded,

5) used for live bayonet training at a military training base,

6) strapped into an electric chair, whose power source is controlled by a relay, connected to an internet facing computer, with the IP address publicly posted for the world to take note, (the voltage being limited to being non lethal for a non disclosed amount of time, then "all bets off").

Choose one as the preferred method of execution.

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Re: Malware authors ....

And that includes the witless pillocks who insist on bundling useless bloody toolbars and McAfee etc., sodding software as completely unrelated, unnecessary and unwanted, yet preselected installs, with bloody Acrobat Reader and Java updates.

Malware is as malware does, and that's bloody malware

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Re: Malware authors ....

7. Forced to code in Visual Basic.

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Re: Malware authors ....

Define malware lol. Not many legitimate pieces of software are squeeky clean on the privacy front.

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@DJ

7a. Forced to code in Visual Basic on a ZX81 keyboard.

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Re: Malware authors ....

7) All of the above, and take your time about it too.

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Re: Malware authors ....

A better idea - code in machine language without the use of a compiler aka 'hand assembly".

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Re: machine language without the use of a compiler

The 'better' ones already do that, especially in cases of rootkits, buffer-overflows and return-oriented programming. using a compiler would make this work very difficult to do, if not impossible.

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Forced to code in EDT on a VAX/VMS (screen update time in 20 seconds) ...

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Re: machine language without the use of a compiler

"The 'better' ones already do that, especially in cases of rootkits, buffer-overflows and return-oriented programming. using a compiler would make this work very difficult to do, if not impossible."

There's a difference between a compiler, a symbolic assembler and writing in machine code in hex or octal.

Perhaps they should be made to enter their programs in binary using the keyswitches on the front of a PDP8, or was it an 11?

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Re: Malware authors ....

Make them write code in an EDLIN clone on a tablet.

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Re: machine language without the use of a compiler

It was a COSMAC Elf, of course...

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Re: Malware authors ....

I enjoyed typing in HEX - it was... therapeutic. I miss my "Micro Professor" and it's little bank of LED lights, segmented displays and code lookup book.

They should be forced to code in HTML5 and be told to make it compatible with IE6.

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"And that includes the witless pillocks who insist on bundling useless bloody toolbars and McAfee etc., sodding software as completely unrelated, unnecessary and unwanted, yet preselected installs, with bloody Acrobat Reader and Java updates."

..... and Google bloody Chrome.. the one way to ensure I NEVER try a piece of software is to try to ram it down my throat everywhere I go (acrobat) or sneak it in with a pre-selected (but still unwanted) option during in an install.

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especially on updates

I don't mind asking to install some crap on the first install as much as I do when it asks on every single fscking update (I'm looking at you Java)

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Anything wrong officer?

What? Isn't that how developers are supposed to make money on Android?

Paris, because she's not a stranger to French Trojans.

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Hand assembled? Have done that fully legit - for an 8035 microcontroller some 30 years ago and got quite good at it - fixing bugs in some equipment that the company that I was a director of handled.

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I thought Paris prefered the use of Dongles

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