The people distributing the links for spyware downloads are paid about 15 cents every time an unsuspecting surfer clicks on their misleading bait.
“Friends signed me up one night, after we’d been drinking,” says one twenty-something man, who plants spyware for pay. “They said it was an easy way to make some money.”
“All I had to do was sign up and post fake ads, saying things like ‘to see my picture click here.’ Then when they clicked, it told them they had to download software to see the pictures.”
But the user downloaded no pictures; instead, they got the greeting, “Come back later to see my photo.” The ad is bogus, but the contamination of the computer is real.
Read more at PC World.