Mafiaboy: Conficker Was a Ruse
Apr 09, 2009, 10:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)
"In 2000, 15-year-old Canadian Michael Calce, better known by
his online hacking alias as Mafiaboy, attacked high-profile Web
sites -- including CNN.com, Yahoo, eBay, Amazon.com, Excite and
E*trade -- and took them offline, causing over $1 billion in
losses. He was convicted and spent five years away from the
"Now Mafiaboy's back, and he has a warning for the industry: The
Internet is still broken.
"Speaking here at the IT360 conference, Calce reflected on what
he did nearly ten years ago and provided a few ideas on how
security should be improved today.
"According to Calce, you need to look no further than the
Conficker worm, and the worry generated by its expected activation
last week, to see why things haven't changed much since 2000."