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Koobface Malware Traced To 5 Russians 64

New submitter theonlyholle writes "Naked Security, the Sophos IT security blog, has published an article about the authors of the Koobface malware that plagued Facebook users in 2008 and the investigation that led to their identification. Apparently the botnet was created by five Russians from St. Petersburg."
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Koobface Malware Traced To 5 Russians

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  • by cecom ( 698048 ) on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @01:45PM (#38726920) Homepage Journal

    I come from Eastern Europe and I think that it is socially driven. Corruption is so prevalent in absolutely every aspect of life - from traffic tickets to simply buying something in the store. So "white collar" crime like this is socially acceptable.

    It is most definitely not economically driven - in Eastern Europe there is a huge hunger for competent developers, so unless Russia is an exception (I doubt it), it is easy to find a legal well paying programming job.

    Full disclosure: I left Eastern Europe a long time ago and I am not Russian, but I am extrapolating from my own country.

  • by mapkinase ( 958129 ) on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @02:57PM (#38727850) Homepage Journal

    The factor is disregard for somebody else's property, starting from communal property and private property. Decades of communistic approach to property lead to generation of thiefs, when practically everybody had no moral qualms about stealing practically anything, especially badly guarded.

    I remember the time when I first came to US, I was in the lab with postdocs like myself, from Soviet Russia, and one of them was quite excited about the discovery that one can manipulate the odometer to decrease the reading and not be penalized for a leased car.

    Russians could be very moral and compassionate to other people, but the area of property is moral tabula rasa for Russians.

    Stealing, breaking, damaging, vandalizing, wasting - all kind of things one can do with property in Russia, except for investing, saving, multiplying...

  • by Pecisk ( 688001 ) on Tuesday January 17, 2012 @04:03PM (#38728734)

    I strongly disagree (yeah, I'm coming from Eastern Europe). If that would be true new generations would be example of politeness and respect to each other.

    It has little to do with abolishment of private property (In fact, for Bolshevist elite owning something a lot wasn't a issue, government couldn't take your property away just because they would like to after sixties). Main reason was butchering of middle intelligence of Eastern Europe during Stalin and WWII times. Lot of them where Jews, lot of them where liberals, lot of them where actual communists (yeah, Stalin loved to push his way how he sees future to people). Both sides - Bolshevists and Nazi - killed them in hundred thousands. Society were raped brutally. It resulted in lot of perversions you see today in Russia and Eastern Russia.

    Without people as example respect to each other became extinct and with it - respect to other property (because it is related with respect to other feelings and opinion).

    And in the end, correction - Communism never calls for abolishment of property, it calls for abolishment of capital property used for manufacturing. And it calls for respecting collective property. I know, I know, human nature can't wrap his mind around it - BS, I don't believe that. We choose because it is more convenient to tell us that no one can stop greed.

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