02 Oct '13, 5am

What makes criminals more money, click fraud or Bitcoin mining?

Symantec is in the process of sinkholing the ZeroAccess botnet, but in doing so has managed to answer the curious question of whether it's more profitable for criminals to use bots to mine for Bitcoins or conduct click fraud. In a blog post by the company , it reveals that the botnet as now reached about 1.9 million machines, more hosts than some legitimate Bitcoin mining pools attract. While Bitcoin mining is a perfectly legal activity, it has become significantly harder in more recent years, often requiring specialised hardware with "application-specific integrated circuits", or ASICs, to mine for the coins in order to make it profitable. But running hardware to mine all day takes electricity, so on average, mining on a modern day PCs can actually cost more than the value of the Bitcoins mined. Of course, as Symantec points out, that doesn't matter if you're a criminal s...

Full article: http://www.zdnet.com/what-makes-criminals-more-money-clic...

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