back to article Crooks can milk '$100k a day' from 1-million-zombie ZeroAccess army

The stealthy ZeroAccess botnet commands a zombie army of more than one million machines, according to new research. A study by Sophos published last week reveals that the latest version of the malware, which is designed for either click fraud or Bitcoin mining, has infected more than 9 million machines over its lifetime. The …


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  1. Lee Dowling Silver badge

    That's 10c per machine per day. I'd love to know what exactly a machine is doing to earn that. Bitcoin mining? Seems far too much for just that. Spam email? Seems VERY cheap considering how many thousands of emails you'd have to send from each machine. Ad-click fraud? Doesn't seem very much at all if that's that case.

    Makes you wonder exactly where those estimates come from and who is actually supposed to be paying that amount of money for whatever service is rendered.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Who's supposed to be paying for this?!

    How about any government black ops agency looking to wreak havoc on its 'evil' neighbours.

    1. Shagbag

      Re: Who's supposed to be paying for this?!

      Or the Communist Chinese looking to screw the "Immoral" West.

      1. Tom 7 Silver badge

        Re: Who's supposed to be paying for this?!

        They don't need botnets to do this - just 'production facilities'. Seems to make a lot more than £100k a day.

        Not as much as completely useless banking in the UK mind.

  3. Pirate Dave

    $100k per day?

    Where do I sign up? Sounds better than the "get rich using the Internets" infomercials that are on TV late at night, altho they do have pretty talking heads.

  4. jreston

    how are they making money?

    what exactly are they doing to make money? that part is not clear.

    1. Matthew Anderson

      Re: how are they making money?

      That is for them to know, and you to find out. ;-)

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