Botnet Takedown Leaves Hackers on the Prowl for Legitimate Work

Botnets have become increasingly more common tools among hackers, but this year there has been signification success with shutting them down. While law enforcement agencies celebrate the success, there is one side that is not happy: the jobless hacker.

In an interview with BBC, Panda Security’s Luis Corrons talked about how following the shutdown of the botnet, he was approached by two of the alleged hackers arrested in the Mariposa case.

After complaining about how the shutdown of Mariposa had robbed them of their livelihood, the alleged hackers said they wanted to work at Panda Security. Despite Corrons’ saying their previous work with the Mariposa botnet was not something that would work in their favor, the men insisted on handing over their resumes.

Soon after, the men got in touch with Corrons to inquire whether Panda Security would be hiring them. Corrons and his colleague told them neither Panda nor any other security company would hire anyone who had been involved with criminal activity. However, another important factor was that neither hacker had advanced technical skills, Corrons said.

“They were given the botnet with all the stuff they needed,” Corrons said to BBC. “Using it was like using any other program. In the same way, I don’t know how to program Word, but I can write documents with it.”

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