An opinion by Sean Gallagher published for eWeeks Labs:
The Source Code Club's offer to sell stolen source code for Cisco's PIX firewall might pose some security risks to Cisco's customers. But the real damage is more likely to be to Cisco's reputation and bottom line.
Once again, hackers are trying to sell what they purport to be the source code for Cisco's PIX firewall. But it isn't clear that there's any threat posed to customers by the code. In fact, the only people who might benefit from the code are Cisco's competitors.
The "Source Code Club" is offering to sell the PIX code for $24,000. But it's not certain that anybody buying the code would be able to use it to find holes in the firewall software any more effectively than they could without it—unless they have significant software development and computing resources to examine the 37 MB of uncompiled code.
More in http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1714509,00.asp
I apologise if this is a repeat but I never saw this until today. It is in the PC World Magazine December 2004 issue and was posted on the web November 3, 2004. The link was just posted today on Spybot S&D's web site. It compares some of these scam paid versions of Spyware/Adware removers to free applications such as Spybot S&D and is a good read.
Some anti-spyware companies use confusing ads, and our tests show their $20-$60 products are less effective than free competitors.
From the December 2004 issue of PC World magazine
Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2004
The article is on this link.