Read this interview and you probably will be scared. It is interview with Matt Knox. He talks about his early days designing and writing adware for Direct Revenue.
It would have been fairly trivial for me to go spelunking for people’s credit card information or whatever. I had four million nodes. I could have done it without anybody at the company even noticing.
Eventually, instead of writing individual executables every time a worm came out, I would just write some Scheme code, put that up on the server, and then immediately all sorts of things would go dark. It amounted to a distributed code war on a 4-10 million-node network.
Question is: Who owns “your” computer?
Thanks to Aleck for pointing me to this scary interview.