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#1 compl3x

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 03:31

Apparently, hackers wanting to control PCs are wasting their time with elaborate botnetsand vulnerability exploits -- all they may really need is some pocket change. A study found that between 22 to 43 percent of people were willing to install unknown software on their PCs in return for payments ranging from a penny to a dollar, even when their OS flagged the app as a potential threat that required permission to run. While you might think that respondents would naturally be a bit suspicious, that wasn't usually the case. As researcher Nicolas Christin notes, just 17 people out of 965 were running virtual machines that limited the possible damage; only one person went in fully expecting trouble, according to exit surveys.

 

 

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"Why is my computer running slow?"  "Why is it acting weird?"  "Stupid computers!"

 

The sorts of things people who willing install suspect software on their system say when their PCs act up.




#2 +warwagon

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 03:42

lol Figures!



#3 astropheed

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 03:43

Do they mean charge them a few cents to a dollar and not "pay"? If someone said, "I'll give you a dollar if I can install this on your PC" I would think they were mental, as would most people.



#4 Bonfire

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 04:00

So is this like those offer sites that give you points for installing things like Media Player Classic because I'll be honest, I've been doing this in a VM on a spare PC for about a year. There's a site where you can earn credits to buy Steam games and so far I've gotten over a hundred free games just by doing those daily download offers. Yes the downloads are bundled full of adware and malware but I'm using a VM with undo support turned on so what do I care. :p

 

You'd have to be crazy or really stupid to do this on your actual PC though without a VM. Most of those downloads will completely cripple it in no time.

 

Let's be realistic though, many people happily download that crap for free, no need to pay them. "Oooh a free purple talking monkey, I need that!"



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 04:07

 I've gotten over a hundred free games just by doing those daily download offers. Yes the downloads are bundled full of adware and malware but I'm using a VM with undo support turned on so what do I care. :p

 

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#6 DPyro

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 04:41

So is this like those offer sites that give you points for installing things like Media Player Classic because I'll be honest, I've been doing this in a VM on a spare PC for about a year. There's a site where you can earn credits to buy Steam games and so far I've gotten over a hundred free games just by doing those daily download offers. Yes the downloads are bundled full of adware and malware but I'm using a VM with undo support turned on so what do I care. :p

 

You'd have to be crazy or really stupid to do this on your actual PC though without a VM. Most of those downloads will completely cripple it in no time.

 

Let's be realistic though, many people happily download that crap for free, no need to pay them. "Oooh a free purple talking monkey, I need that!"

 

I've made over $300 in gift cards from those places.



#7 Krome

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 04:46

And you guys wonder why your game is so slow :p



#8 Richteralan

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 04:57

Wait until the app offers free pr0n.....o wait