Oct 30 2008
I figured that scareware (software that creates pop-ups telling you your computer is infected and can be cleaned for just $49.95) paid, otherwise organized crime wouldn’t be involved. But I hadn’t realized how well; according to the NYT, Bakasoftware made over $5 million last year selling their own software. Two things I thought was interesting is that the software uninstalls itself if the owner of the computer is a Russian speaker (Bakasoftware is a Russian company). The second thing, which may just be coincidence, is that ‘baka’ is Japanese for fool or idiot. It’d make sense for a scareware company to name itself “Idiot Software”. And yes, I’ve been watching too much anime lately.