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Security If you're thinking about a life of cybercrime, then building a botnet might be the best place to start, a security researcher said here last week. Gunter Ollmann, vice president of research at Damballa, gave a talk on the business of building botnets, aptly titled, "Becoming The Six Million-Dollar Man." The presentation was a step-by-step description of the technical and business processes required to become a botnet operator.

"Building botnets is not as scary or difficult as you might think," Ollmann said. "You don't need to be a hard-core criminal. There are tools, guides, vendors, and sponsors readily available. It's a business just like any other -- just don't get caught."

Like any business, botnet operations usually start with a business plan, Ollmann said. Many operators begin by targeting a specific group of victims or data sets they think will be valuable, and have some idea of the costs and revenues they can expect. "If it's done right, there's a good potential of earning as much as $6 million within a year," he said.

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