What it costs to host a malware site

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12 Responses to “What it costs to host a malware site”

  1. sirkowski says:

    If ever there was a justification for torture, this is it.

  2. fantasygoat says:

    Back in the 90′s when I was helping run porn sites, we would have gladly spent four times as much for bulletproof hosting of our front end services, which were under constant DDOS attacks.

    There are actual legitimate needs for such services.

  3. benher says:

    I don’t know about you, but cyber scum or not, I would feel hesitant making $500 payments to the PRC on a monthly basis… or even $5 payments for that matter.

  4. Anonymous says:

    $500/month?

    That’s actually pretty cheap, considering the service in question. Some part of me suspects that this will merely lower the entry requirements for the less competent or ambitious, however.

    If you want to run a clandestine operation, doesn’t it make more sense to use your own server?

    • Anonymous says:

      If you want to run a clandestine operation, doesn’t it make more sense to use your own server?

      Just as it is impossible to make a cell phone call without the telco knowing exactly where you are, within a few yards, it is impossible to run a server untraceably.

      Therefore, if you are running your own server, you are not running a clandestine operation, see? You really need a server in a foreign country, and you need to pay for it either with stolen credit cards or by pushing your money through the Russkaya Mafiya in St. Petersburgh.

      The spam/malware kingpins live in the USA, hire coders and hit men in the former Soviet Union, initiate and control the spread of their malware through Asia, and launder the money in an asian-easternEuropean-xxx-american pipeline where xxx is a friendly banking system, usually located on a small island.

  5. Roger Wilco says:

    considering ACTA, UK Libel laws and the Fourth Reich over at the RIAA this sounds like a good place to host a legitimate site.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Plus they have nicked our site design. http://www.vi.net .

  7. jungletek says:

    Christ, what assholes.

  8. insert says:

    a.) I find it rather ironic that you need a license for this XRumer thing…

    b.) I have a hard time seeing this as a problem. Laws are not global. What’s illegal in the US is not illegal in China. The mindset saying that breaking US law is bad, wherever you are in the world, is really problematic. It’s what leads to repressive IP policies where traditional knowledge is patented and monetized by pharma; it’s what leads to terrible colonialism whereby the industrialized former pirates of patents and IP (like the US) exercise hypocrisy in forbidding that same benefit to developing countries…

  9. redstarr says:

    I’d be sure to use a pre-paid card dedicated exclusively to the payments to them, loaded with just enough to cover them each month on the day they were due and all the info I register with would be fictitious. If a company exists fairly well solely to cater to moral and legal gray areas, I’d worry that that lack of concern about virtue/privacy, etc could easily apply to my account info,too.

  10. TheCarpetMaker says:

    I would love to see some sophisticated hackers come in and hammer THESE guys… A challenging way to put their skills to good use ;)

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