The high-profile Flashback Trojan that is estimated to have infected more than 600,000 Macs at its peak earlier this year would have earned its creators $14,000 in the course of three weeks.
The only hitch is that the money isn't going anywhere.
In a blog post today, security firm Symantec says the pay-per-click provider the malware makers were using spotted the activity as fraudulent.
"Many (pay-per-click) providers employ anti-fraud measures and affiliate-verification processes before paying. Fortunately, the attackers in this instance appear to have been unable to complete the necessary steps to be paid," the … Read more