Ches just gave the keynote talk titled My Dad's Computer, Microsoft, and the Future of Internet Security, which like all good talks, has been evolving for some time. Money quotes:
- "Dad, your computer is blowing blue smoke all over the Internet!"
- "These virus-building tools have GUIs, *nice* GUIs."
- On 0wn3rs: "They try not to be too disruptive. They've got uses for your computer. It's called time-sharing. They install patches for you to keep (other) attackers out, they work very hard to get bugs out of their software."
- "You have to get out of the game. Or, as the Karate Kid's Mr. Miyagi says: ''Best block is not to be there.''"
Ches quoted spot prices for botnet cycles — 3 cents per week on the low end for spam forwarding, $40 each for machines on targeted networks. Also interesting, the Phatbot command list.