Earn Big Money by Infecting Macs With Malware

  • Comments: 4
  • Written on: October 1st, 2009

apple-logoAn affiliate network called the Partnetka is working hard in Russia to bring malware to your beloved Mac at a bounty of $.43 per infection.

Affiliate networks are nothing new on the web – in fact they are much more common than you might imagine.  The basic concept is that webmasters run websites that people go to.  They use their websites to promote products and services and gt a piece of the action when people buy.

It turns out that according to ZDnet that this network was offering a $.43 payment for every Mac that could be infected and handed over.

Most Mac infections come in the form of DNS changing Trojans that are downloaded in relation to porn videos.

Affiliate networks are pay-for-performance deals.  This means that someone out there somewhere intends to make more than $.43 on every Mac they can infect.  The days of the Mac being an invincible platform are clearly numbered.

  1. used tires said on October 1st, 2009 at 11:46 am

    You are certainly right the Mac is not as safe as people perceive it to be, but…. That’s kinda of strange… I had never heard of this before, the Russian government needs to put an end so this, because in my opinion it is not ethical, and should not be “legal” either.

    Till then,

    John

  2. Laptop Briefcases said on October 1st, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Wow I am surprised that they are publicly offering this kind of commission. Still it sounds like a low price compared to how much they can gain by bombarding those people with ads and stealing their personal data.

  3. Nicolewelsh said on October 7th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Is it really public? Shouldn’t they be illegal.. it is same as drugs..

  4. Generic said on November 5th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I too am rather surprised that they are publicly offering this kind of commission.

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