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How can I track down the person who made a certain trojan [virus]?

Asked by windex (2932points) March 31st, 2011

Let’s say I offer $100,000 USD for any information that will lead to me finding the person who made a specific trojan virus.

Would that be a complete waste of time, or is there actually a chance of succeeding?

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gorillapaws's avatar

And what would prevent people like myself from falsely claiming to be said author in order to receive your bounty?

erichw1504's avatar

It was @gorillapaws!!! Now where’s my $100,000, @windex?

blueiiznh's avatar

@windex OK, I am in. allow me access to your computer and I will figure it out.

jaytkay's avatar

I just Googled ‘virus hacker sentenced’ and found lots of successful prosecutions.

blueiiznh's avatar

@jaytkay then it must be true

erichw1504's avatar

@blueiiznh unless @jaytkay‘s computer has a virus.

jerv's avatar

I am not sure if it’s still true, but I know that some people used to write virii with the intention of getting caught and then, upon their release from prison, turning around and getting an IT job with a six-figure salary. I doubt that happens nowadays that comp-sci majors and IT guys are less than a dime a dozen, but there may be people that think it’s still true and do it.

Of course, there is also the fact that many hackers, crackers, and skript kiddiez are egotistical enough to sign all of their work; enough to make a reward like yours not a complete waste of time. However, the odds of gathering enough info to track a particular handle to a particular person and get an arrest are slim.

AshlynM's avatar

You’d probably need to hire a private detective for this. Without knowing at least this person’s name, you’re going to have a difficult time succeeding in tracking him down.

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