The ‘wired’ magazine has published an article on a self-made millionaire (he is 22 year old!). Thought I would share it with you guys. The article brings out the increasing incident of cyber crime. His name is Tew, he had all the signs of a millionaire from the beginning, like selling swigs during soccer practice (where water bottles were not allowed), selling DVD’s from a game he had participated, therefore it was not unusual when he had used his money making tactics to pay for three years of his college, this is how he did it: Tew had decided to sell pixels, he had created websites where all small advertisements or banners on different websites, were bought together in his single website, soon his idea spread and many companies, including a Japanese dating company approached him , he sold $1 per pixel, and he agreed to put up the ad for five years. He had earned around $1,037,100 by January 11. As apt as his earnings, he had named the site as www.milliondollarhomepage.com. Now here is where the blow came: The site had become slow in a couple of days, and ultimately the service to the site was denied (without the hand of his web hosting company sitesolutions). The truth was about 23,000 computers were unleashing an attack on the site, the group was called as the Dark Group and tried to extort about $50000 from him, but Tew refused, and he began to see a solution, he contacted web security company and earned the security of his site by trading space with his website. His site got protected, and he got more traffic (because of the increased popularity, the site received after this incident). Thanks to the Dark group he is richer than before.
So we need to be wary of these hackers and extortionists. Of course with cyber laws developing and helping website holder we can be rest assured that these hackers would be bought before the law very soon. But meanwhile, like Tew let us learn not to give into their game and protect others and ourselves.