Challenge all assumptions
May 29, 2012 9:46 PM Subscribe
Where's the profit in DDOS'ing IRC servers?
posted by pwnguin to Computers & Internet (11 answers total)
So for the past few months I've been wondering: in a world where botnets can be converted into cash, why would you waste your resources knocking an IRC network offline?
I know the standard explanation is "antisocial teenage jerks", but that sounds so 1994. For the most part virus software that deletes your files and trashes your system have faded and been replaced by things that steal clicks, pop up ads, or some other profit oriented scheme. There's no profit in smashing computers. Similarly, botnets can be rented by the hour on underground markets. Having read papers and presentations from research on blackhat markets, the intuition I've gathered is that whenever someone does something that makes me think "Why would you do that?" the answer is either PageRank or Profit.
So I'm asking Mefi to challenge commonly accepted wisdom and think creatively. Why do people use large botnets they've gathered and direct them to DDOS'ing IRC networks? The best idea I can come up with thus far is proving to a buyer the scale of your botnet.