By Ryan Naraine
September 11, 2006

Botnet hunters tracking the latest MS06-040 worm attack estimate that one malicious hacker earned about $430 in a single day by installing spyware programs on thousands of commandeered Windows machines.


Security researchers are the German Honeynet Project discovered a direct link between the botnet-building attack and DollarRevenue, a company that pays between a penny and 30 cents per installation of its heavily criticized ad-serving software.

Within 24 hours, the IRC-controlled botnet hijacked more than 7,700 machines via the Windows Server Service vulnerability and hosed the infected computers with the noxious DollarRevenue files.

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