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The importance of being mindful of security at all times - nearly everyone is one breach away from total disaster

This is a long one - TL;DR at the end!

If you haven't heard yet: BlankMediaGames, makers of Town of Salem, have been breached which resulted in almost 8 million accounts being leaked. For most people, the first reaction is "lol so what it's just a game, why should I really care?" and that is the wrong way to look at it. I'd like to explain why everyone should always care whenever they are part of a breach. I'd also like to talk about some ways game developers - whether they work solo or on a team - can take easy steps to help protect themselves and their customers/players.
First I'd like to state that there is no practical way to achieve 100% solid security to guarantee you'll never be breached or part of a breach. The goal here will be to get as close as possible, or comfortable, so that you can rest easy knowing you can deal with problems when they occur (not if, when).

Why You Should Care About Breaches

The sad reality is most people re-use the same password everywhere. Your email account, your bank account, your steam account, your reddit account, random forums and game websites - you get the idea. If you haven't pieced it together yet the implication is that if anyone gets your one password you use everywhere, it's game over for you - they now own all of your accounts (whether or not they know it yet). Keep in mind that your email account is basically the holy grail of passwords to have. Most websites handle password changes/resets through your email; thus anyone who can login to your email account can get access to pretty much any of your accounts anywhere. Game over, you lose.

But wait, why would anyone want to use my password? I'm nobody!

It doesn't matter, the bad guys sell this information to other bad guys. Bots are used to make as much use of these passwords as possible. If they can get into your bank they might try money transfers. If they get into your Amazon account they might spin up $80,000 worth of servers to mine Bitcoin (or whatever coin is popular at the time). They don't care who you are; it's all automated.
By the way, according to this post (which looks believable enough to be real) this is pretty much how they got into the BMG servers initially. They checked for usernames/emails of admins on the BMG website(s) in previous breach dumps (of which there are many) and found at least one that used the same password on other sites - for their admin account!
If you want to see how many of your accounts are already breached check out Have I Been Pwned - I recommend registering all of your email addresses as well so you get notified of future breaches. This is how I found out about the Town of Salem breach, myself.

How You Can Protect Yourself

Before I go into all the steps you can (and should) take to protect yourself I should note that security is in a constant tug of war with convenience. What this means is that the more security measures you apply the more inconvenienced you become for many tasks. It's up to you to decide how much is too much either way.
First of all I strongly recommend registering your email(s) on https://haveibeenpwned.com/ - this is especially important if your email address is associated to important things like AWS, Steam developer account, bank accounts, social media, etc. You want to know ASAP when an account of yours is compromised so you can take steps to prevent or undo damage. Note that the bad guys have a head start on this!

Passwords

You probably need to have better password hygiene. If you don't already, you need to make sure every account you have uses a different, unique, secure password. You should change these passwords at least once a year. Depending on how many accounts you have and how good your memory is, this is your first big security vs convenience trade-off battle. That's easily solved, though, by using a password manager. You can find a list of password managers on Wikipedia here or you can search around for some comparison articles.
Some notable choices to consider:
Regardless of which one you choose, any of them is 100x better than not using one at all.

Multi-Factor Authentication / Two-Factor Authentication (aka MFA / 2FA)

The problem with all these passwords is that someone can still use them if they are found in a breach. Your passwords are only as strong as the website you use them on. In the case of the BMG breach mentioned above - all passwords were stored in an ancient format which has been insecure for years. It's likely that every single password in the breach can be reversed/cracked, or already have been. The next step you need to take is to make it harder for someone else to login with your password. This is done using Multi-Factor Authentication (or Two-Factor Authentication).
Unfortunately not every website/service supports MFA/2FA, but you should still use it on every single one that does support it. You can check which sites support MFA/2FA here or dig around in account options on any particular site. You should setup MFA/2FA on your email account ASAP! If it's not supported, you need to switch to a provider that does support it. This is more important than your bank account! All of the big email providers support it: GMail, Outlook.com, Yahoo Mail, etc.
The type of MFA/2FA you use depends on what is supported by each site/service, but there is a common approach that is compatible on many of them. Most of them involve phone apps because a phone is the most common and convenient "thing you have" that bad guys (or anyone, really) can't access easily. Time-based One-time Password or TOTP is probably the most commonly used method because it's easy to implement and can be used with many different apps. Google Authenticator was the first popular one, but it has some limitations which continue the security vs convenience battle - namely that getting a new phone is a super huge chore (no backup/restore option - you have to disable and setup each site all over again). Many alternatives support cloud backup which is really convenient, though obviously less secure by some measure.
Notable choices to consider:
Some sites/services use their own app, like Blizzard (battle.net) and Steam, and don't allow you to use other ones. You will probably have a few apps on your phone when all your accounts are setup, but it's worth it. You'll definitely want to enable it on your password manager as well if you chose a cloud-based one.
Don't forget to save backup codes in an actual secure location! If you lose your backup codes and your auth app/physical key you will be locked out of accounts. It's really not fun recovering in that situation. Most recommendations are to print them and put in a fireproof safe, but using some other secure encrypted storage is fine.
There is such a thing as bad MFA/2FA! However, anything is at least better than nothing. A lot of places still use SMS (text messaging) or e-mail for their MFA/2FA implementation. The e-mail one has the most obvious flaw: If someone gets into your email account they have defeated that security measure. The SMS flaws are less obvious and much less likely to affect you, but still a risk: SMS is trivial to intercept (capture data over the air (literally), clone your SIM card data, and some other methods). Still, if you're not a person of interest already, it's still better than nothing.

What Does This Have To Do With GameDev?

Yeah, I do know which subreddit I'm posting in! Here's the section that gets more into things specific to game development (or software development in general).

Secure Your Code

Securing your code actually has multiple meanings here: Securing access to your code, and ensuring your code itself is secure against exploitation. Let's start with access since that's the easier topic to cover!
If you're not already using some form of Source Control Management (SCM) you really need to get on board! I'm not going to go in depth on that as it's a whole other topic to itself, but I'll assume you are using Git or Mercurial (hg) already and hosting it on one of these sites (or a similar one):
First, ensure that you have locked down who can access this code already. If you are using private repositories you need to make sure that the only people who have access are the people who need access (i.e. yourself and your team). Second, everyone should have strong passwords and MFA/2FA enabled on their accounts. If 1 person on the team does not follow good security practices it puts your whole project at risk! So make sure everyone on the team is following along. You can also look into tools to do some auditing and even automate it so that if anyone's account becomes less secure over time (say they turned off MFA one day) they would automatically lose their access.
Additionally you should never commit secrets (passwords, API keys, tokens, social security numbers, etc) to your code repository. Probably 90% of cases where people have their AWS/Google Cloud/Azure accounts compromised and racking up huge bills for bitcoin mining is due to having their passwords/keys stored in their git repo. They either accidentally made it public or someone got access to the private repo through a compromised account. Never store sensitive information in your code repository!
Next topic: Securing your code from vulnerabilities. This one is harder to talk about for game dev as most engines/frameworks are not as susceptible (for lack of a better word) to these situations as others. In a nutshell, you need to keep track of the following:
A lot of these things cannot be solved automatically, unfortunately, but some of it can. If you are using Javascript for your game you likely will be using packages from npm - luckily they (recently) added security auditing for packages. For other languages you can look at tools like Snyk or some other alternatives to audit the libraries you use in your project. Unfortunately none that I know of are aimed at game dev in particular, but it's still important to use these tools when you can. In general, be aware of all of your code dependencies and what impact they can have on your game or your customers if there are security bugs. Impact can range from "can cheat in multiplayer" to "can get IP addresses of all players in the world" or even "can get all information I ever put on my server", etc.
In general you'll want to look into Secure Software Development Lifecycle (commonly SDLC) practices. Microsoft has some information on how they do it.

Secure Your Computer

I'm not going to go in depth on this one because at this point everyone should have a handle on this; if not there are limitless articles, blogs, and videos about the how/what/why. In summary: Keep everything updated, and don't open suspicious links.

Secure Your Website

I will have to add more to this later probably, but again there are tons of good articles, blogs, and videos on these topics. Hopefully the information in this section is enough to get you on the right track - if not feel free to ask for more info. Lots of guides can be found on Digital Ocean's site and they are relevant even if you don't use DO for your servers.
A lot of this will apply to your game servers as well - really any kind of server you expect to setup.

That's it, for now

I ran out of steam while typing this all up after a couple hours, but I may revisit it later to add more info. Feel free to ask any questions about any of these topics and I'll do my best to answer them all.

TL;DR (y u words so much??)

... in general... in general... in general... I sure wrote those 2 words a lot.

Why Should I Trust This Post?

Hopefully I have provided enough information and good links in this post that you can trust the contents to be accurate (or mostly accurate). There is certainly enough information to do some searches on your own to find out how right or wrong I might be about these things.
If you want my appeal to authority answer: I've been working at a major (network/computer) security company for almost 7 years as a software developer, and I've had to put up with pretty much every inconvenience brought on by security. I've also witnessed the aftermath of nearly every type of security failure covered in this post, via customers and the industry at large. None of the links I used are related to my employer or its products.
Edit: Fixed some typos and added some more links
More edit: added a few more points and links
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Subreddit Stats: nyancoins top posts from 2014-01-22 to 2017-12-11 08:32 PDT

Period: 1419.14 days
Submissions Comments
Total 982 13857
Rate (per day) 0.69 9.75
Unique Redditors 223 1038
Combined Score 6770 19579

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 895 points, 208 submissions: coinaday
    1. Thank You: An interlude for gratitude (11 points, 19 comments)
    2. [community] You are a leader of Nyancoins / Herding Cats: Leading Leaders; Leadership in a Decentralized Community (10 points, 8 comments)
    3. Current Status / What I need to do (9 points, 4 comments)
    4. 1Ɲ >= 1Đ (8 points, 4 comments)
    5. I've got /nyancoin; anyone want to make use of it? (8 points, 13 comments)
    6. Want a NYAN faucet? Try out GetFairShare, a Crypto Universal Basic Income experiment; now with NYAN! (8 points, 3 comments)
    7. [finance] [theory] [first draft] Why NYAN is a great hodler's coin (8 points, 0 comments)
    8. [meta] [misadventures of coinaday] I quit! Okay, I'll stick out the two weeks. ...uh, sure, I'll try out management... ; also being a Good Samaritan feels great (8 points, 2 comments)
    9. I'm ready to give up on life; in which coinaday finally has his full-blown mental breakdown. So long, and thanks for all the rainbows! (7 points, 20 comments)
    10. Learn languages and earn NYAN: I strongly encourage everyone to sign up for (if you haven't already) and use Duolingo! (7 points, 16 comments)
  2. 588 points, 45 submissions: americanpegasus
    1. Fellow kitty-tats: We are making friends over at /dogemarket! They like us, and we should support them in kind! (31 points, 20 comments)
    2. Have you kats seen this!!? We just got mentioned in a Wired article above even Dogecoin! Wow! (30 points, 12 comments)
    3. GAME OF NYANCAT, Episode 4... Thousands of Nyancoins to win this weekend, for free! Choose your kingdom, choose your job, and claim your share of the treasure: Let's make this the biggest game yet! (28 points, 274 comments)
    4. We just passed CatCoin in marketcap: We are in 59th place and officially have lift off! Hold on to your poptarts - here we go! (28 points, 8 comments)
    5. I want to extend a huge thanks to Phecalfeliac who has successfully given us our very own tip bot! (nyantip) Please post in this topic so we can all tip you our thanks (with your own bot). (23 points, 80 comments)
    6. We are going to 500 subscribers this weekend: I guarantee it. Nyancoin has exploded, and I just want you to look at how far you've come in just 7 days. (23 points, 34 comments)
    7. Prepare to play... GAME OF NYANCAT. The Kingdom that wins will split a 1000 Nyancoin bounty, and all players are eligible for random tips. (22 points, 63 comments)
    8. GAME OF NYANCAT, Episode 2 (1/27/14)... Play NOW for free and win free Nyancoins! Every player will get tipped coins, and the Kingdom that wins will split up to a 1,000 NYAN treasure! Let the quest begin! (21 points, 73 comments)
    9. I took care of the vincent21212 & fake Nyancoin subreddit problem. (21 points, 14 comments)
    10. GAME OF NYANCAT, Episode 3 (1/28/14)... Play NOW for free and win free Nyancoins! Every player will get tipped coins, and the Kingdom that wins will split up to a 1,000 NYAN treasure! Let the quest begin! (20 points, 60 comments)
  3. 326 points, 40 submissions: atheistftwins
    1. BEWARE! Crycurex.com may be attempting to add NYAN! (22 points, 8 comments)
    2. Lets make Nyancoin games! Increased bounty size to 40,000 NYAN! (20 points, 59 comments)
    3. In honor of our recent success and becoming the biggest cat-themed coin on reddit, I'm hosting a giveaway and raffle! (15 points, 190 comments)
    4. Lets make a game for Nyancoin! 10,000 NYAN bounty! (14 points, 43 comments)
    5. Dev says Chris and the Nyancat team will begin heavy promotion of the coin soon! What should the community do to support this? (13 points, 4 comments)
    6. It's time for the community to revive this coin. Promotional campaign: 50,000 NYAN bounty! (12 points, 66 comments)
    7. Preparation for KGW: up to 11,000 NYAN giveaway. One person will walk away with 2500 NYAN! (To my knowledge the biggest tip that will have been given away here.) (11 points, 44 comments)
    8. We just passed difficulty of 10! Giving away 10 NYAN to anyone who posts here up to 1000 NYAN! (11 points, 229 comments)
    9. We need more marketing of the coin. (11 points, 21 comments)
    10. Flash NYAN giveaway! Will last 24 hours instead of usual 6. Meta-topic: What kind of giveaway does the community want? (10 points, 42 comments)
  4. 266 points, 33 submissions: braxx1980
    1. new exchange looking for trading pairs... voting NYAN up (19 points, 28 comments)
    2. maybe we need some nyancoin support from deadmau5 and skrillex (16 points, 5 comments)
    3. NYAN now also listed on cryptx.io (14 points, 5 comments)
    4. [idea] why not ask doge 4 water to add NYAN (13 points, 9 comments)
    5. NYANcoin... to boldly go where no NYAN has gone before CYBERSPACE (12 points, 8 comments)
    6. apologies to Joel (easyjo) for the FUD for altoutlet. He is the best. Giving Nyan a chance to his store... THANK YOU JOEL (12 points, 1 comment)
    7. GREAT NEWS: altoutlet.com is going to add us this week (11 points, 3 comments)
    8. TIME IS UP... let's find ourself a new developer (11 points, 9 comments)
    9. We hit COINMARKETCAP (@the moment place 66) (11 points, 18 comments)
    10. CALL OUT TO DEV: give us some status on the work on X11. I'll give you until 1 may. (10 points, 6 comments)
  5. 232 points, 29 submissions: Simcom
    1. More positive press!! The battle over Nyancoin: How a cat meme inspired a cryptocurrency war [TheDailyDot] (22 points, 1 comment)
    2. Nyancoin was just listed on it's first Chinese exchange! (15 points, 8 comments)
    3. How I feel when one of my NYAN tips is rejected. (14 points, 14 comments)
    4. [Giveaway - 2000 NyanCoin for tipping!] Go forth Space Kitties - to the the far reaches of Reddit!! Spread the the gospel of NyanCoin to all you encounter!! (14 points, 162 comments)
    5. Nyancoin is now listed on Cryptsy!!! (13 points, 14 comments)
    6. This was just shared with 3 Million People on Facebook!!! (11 points, 5 comments)
    7. Welcome newcomers! If you haven't done so already - stop by the 1st Official Reddit Giveaway thread for 33.7 free coins! [Repost] (11 points, 1 comment)
    8. Flight Commander Sgt. Fluffy McMeower, reporting for duty. (10 points, 6 comments)
    9. Let's Roll (10 points, 0 comments)
    10. Nyancoin added to the Cryptsy voting list!! VOTE NOW!!!!!! (10 points, 10 comments)
  6. 208 points, 13 submissions: nyancoin
    1. NYANCOIN FIRST OFFICIAL REDDIT GIVEAWAY - 33.7 nyancoins for the first 337 comments! (43 points, 744 comments)
    2. Nyancoin V 1.2 Out Now! Kimoto Gravity Well Implemented! MANDATORY UPDATE (28 points, 28 comments)
    3. Dev Updates (19 points, 14 comments)
    4. Some updates from the dev team (18 points, 22 comments)
    5. [Giveaway] 10 FREE NYANCOINS to the First 1000 Posts! (17 points, 204 comments)
    6. Dev Updates + Kimoto Gravity Well is here! (16 points, 17 comments)
    7. Check out the first Nyancoin promo video! (13 points, 26 comments)
    8. Nyan Cat Store Pre-opening Offer! (13 points, 40 comments)
    9. News and Update on Nyancoin (12 points, 31 comments)
    10. Nyancoin will be switching to X11 Algo! (11 points, 33 comments)
  7. 173 points, 35 submissions: KojoSlayer
    1. NyanCoin Miner v0.06 [Game WIP] (12 points, 19 comments)
    2. Nyancoin Pixel Art In MC (First Attempt!) (8 points, 5 comments)
    3. To Buy All The Nyan On Cryptsy 12.27904283 BTC Or 3004.19 US Dollars (8 points, 9 comments)
    4. New To Nyan & Cryptocurrency (7 points, 13 comments)
    5. Two Faucets?! One Week! This coins is dead I say! (7 points, 32 comments)
    6. [Bounty] 5,000 Nyan, 10,000 Nyan! Faucet! (7 points, 24 comments)
    7. [Hype][Update] Browser based MMORPG accepting Nyancoins. (7 points, 13 comments)
    8. Dice soft launch (6 points, 8 comments)
    9. Meow (6 points, 0 comments)
    10. Miners We Need YOU! (6 points, 20 comments)
  8. 163 points, 2 submissions: nyantip
    1. Hi, I am nyantip. I need karma to function. Upvote me and post something interesting in this thread to be tipped Nyancoin. (104 points, 170 comments)
    2. This is nyantip again. Do I need to submit a link to get karma? As usual, upvote me and post for a tip! (59 points, 99 comments)
  9. 117 points, 15 submissions: sillyputti
    1. I didn't finish this in time for the Game of Nyancat, but better late than never...Nyan Power! (15 points, 27 comments)
    2. Just mined my first 100 Nyan, testing out the tipbot. Come help me tip. (10 points, 101 comments)
    3. Made a tutorial for beginners on mining nyan. Let me know if I can make it better. Thanks. (10 points, 9 comments)
    4. Remember Nekonauts, we have some pretty cool subreddits worth checking out too. (10 points, 10 comments)
    5. Updated the old Java GUI Miner. Try it out and see how it works, may have some use when KGW hits. (10 points, 0 comments)
    6. Guys, guys! I saw nyancoin on the Crypto-Currency chart! (8 points, 10 comments)
    7. Brainstorming and tip session at /nyangaming (7 points, 0 comments)
    8. ELI5: The benefits of being "Officially Licensed" coin are? (7 points, 15 comments)
    9. Found my first block today. Sharing some nyan for new nekonauts. 100 nyan give away. (7 points, 122 comments)
    10. Link to the creating your own faucet (7 points, 5 comments)
  10. 103 points, 17 submissions: OnwardFlying
    1. I'm not into Nyancoins for the money, however... (12 points, 8 comments)
    2. FortyNyaners have a 0% fee, nice layout. I like. (10 points, 3 comments)
    3. Too much hashrate at Nyanmine. Please diversify! (9 points, 8 comments)
    4. IRC @ chat.freenode.net, #Nyancoin (8 points, 1 comment)
    5. The video that started it all! (7 points, 0 comments)
    6. AMD/esp. nVidia miners, get more kh/s from your cards. (6 points, 1 comment)
    7. Coined Up at 5-15 Satoshi again. Quick get your cheap nyan! (6 points, 4 comments)
    8. IRL Nyan Sightings Increase Dramatically - We need your proof they exist! (6 points, 1 comment)
    9. Is it about time we think about a good push for Cryptsy? (6 points, 15 comments)
    10. [Bounty] Create a Nyancoin meme, get 10 nyan per upvote! (6 points, 9 comments)
  11. 98 points, 5 submissions: kiyami
    1. I'm a graphic designer new to nyancoin/reddit and wanted to help out. Hope you like it! (39 points, 35 comments)
    2. Starry Night (25 points, 17 comments)
    3. Cats: Every single one has a God-complex. (19 points, 4 comments)
    4. BRAiN FREEZE (11 points, 10 comments)
    5. wow such ascent, many flap... my four favorite coins together 4ever. Wallpaper! (4 points, 3 comments)
  12. 97 points, 22 submissions: jwflame
    1. Map of Nyancoin Nodes (7 points, 6 comments)
    2. More market weirdness that cannot be explained (7 points, 1 comment)
    3. Cryptopia block explorer gone ? (6 points, 2 comments)
    4. Found another mining pool. (6 points, 3 comments)
    5. NYANSEED is online (6 points, 12 comments)
    6. New block explorer (6 points, 1 comment)
    7. The 3rd exchange returns (6 points, 1 comment)
    8. 'official' website has gone (5 points, 3 comments)
    9. Domains for chain and website (5 points, 8 comments)
    10. Novaexchange closing (5 points, 3 comments)
  13. 89 points, 9 submissions: valcarni
    1. Nyancoin makes SBS Australian news (18 points, 4 comments)
    2. Don't just be a casual nekonaut press subscribe and get this channel up to 500 users (16 points, 5 comments)
    3. We need a new currency exchange (15 points, 13 comments)
    4. Don't know if you all saw this but, Follow The Coin announces how Nyancoin is the first offically licensed cryptocurrency (12 points, 0 comments)
    5. Nyancoin on its way up (12 points, 7 comments)
    6. My first 7.349511 Nyan (5 points, 6 comments)
    7. My contribution to the community - Nyancoin Lotto (4 points, 4 comments)
    8. The value of Nyancoins (4 points, 7 comments)
    9. Just need one more player in Game 1 of Nyancoin Lotto (3 points, 2 comments)
  14. 75 points, 9 submissions: IntelligentComment
    1. Nyan gaining popularity (14 points, 14 comments)
    2. Announcement nyandispenser.tk/faucet has been hacked. Please do not go to that website (12 points, 12 comments)
    3. California passed law making Bitcoins & Other cryptocurrency legal money (11 points, 1 comment)
    4. Official Nyancoin youtube launch video. Millions of dollars spent for production!! (11 points, 3 comments)
    5. Mine as much as you can, the popularity wave is coming (6 points, 6 comments)
    6. Nyan Coin Mining subreddit - New (6 points, 0 comments)
    7. Official Nyancoin catch phrases vote thread! Vote and submit! (6 points, 11 comments)
    8. Post pics of your nyan coin mining rig! (5 points, 21 comments)
    9. How to pronounce Nyan (4 points, 3 comments)
  15. 72 points, 11 submissions: slasherzx
    1. How I describe nyantip bot (12 points, 3 comments)
    2. ASIC scrypt miners incoming! (8 points, 14 comments)
    3. Is our faucet dry? (8 points, 20 comments)
    4. We are back at top 100 in coinmarketcap (8 points, 14 comments)
    5. After KGw, what's next.? (7 points, 6 comments)
    6. Cuckoo cycle a new algo? (7 points, 2 comments)
    7. Lets celebrate KGW implemented! No one is stopping Nyan now! (6 points, 0 comments)
    8. KNC upped the speed from 100mhs to 250mhs.. (4 points, 4 comments)
    9. Scrypt Adaptive-N + Kimoto Gravity (4 points, 22 comments)
    10. moonishere pool owning 50+% of net hashrate (4 points, 0 comments)
  16. 68 points, 7 submissions: petert0th
    1. Shut up and take my nyancoins! (18 points, 24 comments)
    2. Faucet added to 2048nyancoinz! (14 points, 33 comments)
    3. 2048nyancoinz - 2048 game with a lot of nyanz:) (10 points, 8 comments)
    4. Nyan Dice public beta is here! Check it out and tell me what do you think about it! (8 points, 13 comments)
    5. 1000th 2048nyancoinz dispense is coming, 15 to go, 100 nyan bounty for the lucky dispenser. (6 points, 22 comments)
    6. Making 500 nyancoins to almost 4000? Congrats to the first "large multiplier" winner:) (6 points, 0 comments)
    7. NyanDice is almost here! PM me if you want to beta test it. (6 points, 4 comments)
  17. 65 points, 7 submissions: lzr1900
    1. A generous Nekonaut just donated almost 1 BTC to Cryptsy Votes,that made us be the 7th place there.Our community must do something to help our little nyancoin added on Cryptsy,we deserve that!!If 1/5 of Nekonauts(nearly 200) donate 0.01BTC each to Cryptsy will let us achieve this goal! (18 points, 22 comments)
    2. Nekonauts!We hit Coinedup!! (13 points, 14 comments)
    3. WTF!!!Freshmarket.co.in compromised!! (9 points, 10 comments)
    4. Vote Nyan for MintPal!This exchange seems really awesome. (7 points, 4 comments)
    5. 67000 blocks now! KGW working. (6 points, 0 comments)
    6. Aha.Thanks Coinedup.We have NYAN/LTC now.Happy trading:o. (6 points, 4 comments)
    7. I will start a brand new promotion in China recently,include some giveaways,games,etc in the fourms,weibo,QQgroups.Let the Chinese join NYAN!!!We will to da Sapce.Let's do it. (6 points, 10 comments)
  18. 63 points, 9 submissions: nyanstu
    1. Keep voting up NYAN on allcrypt!! http://www.allcrypt.com/beta/voting.php (15 points, 5 comments)
    2. Nekonauts for charity! (10 points, 20 comments)
    3. Let's get writing to publicize NYAN (7 points, 6 comments)
    4. Can someone hook up the price guide to coinedup? (6 points, 10 comments)
    5. Nyancoiners from all over the world... (6 points, 22 comments)
    6. Wikipedia for Nyancoin (6 points, 3 comments)
    7. Cryptsy? (5 points, 3 comments)
    8. Needed: team of brave Nekonauts! (5 points, 10 comments)
    9. Facebook page! (3 points, 9 comments)
  19. 59 points, 8 submissions: dhj0001
    1. Nyan.cat (14 points, 9 comments)
    2. It seems like we've generated some buzz for Nyancoin? (12 points, 5 comments)
    3. Progress of Kimoto Gravity Well? (10 points, 6 comments)
    4. Assistance with NYAN Faucet (6 points, 5 comments)
    5. Official NyanCoin images (5 points, 6 comments)
    6. Why is nyancoin falling? (5 points, 9 comments)
    7. New Nyancoin game up and running! Calling all sprite photoshop guru's for a nyan-themed upgrade! (4 points, 7 comments)
    8. Why do you think Nyancoin is one of the better cryptocurrency? (3 points, 3 comments)
  20. 57 points, 11 submissions: The-Bent
    1. My not quite finished Nyan display for the office (8 points, 11 comments)
    2. Added rainbow to the mining box. (7 points, 5 comments)
    3. My ghetto Nyan mining rig. (7 points, 20 comments)
    4. I got a 3D printer and made some things to help keep my Nyan mining rig cool! (6 points, 17 comments)
    5. Looks like Nyanchain is back up!! (5 points, 5 comments)
    6. So you just received your Moonlander 2, what now? (5 points, 9 comments)
    7. What mining at under 5 megahashes per second gets you. AKA: why I love Nyan! (5 points, 4 comments)
    8. mining rewards on chain.nyan.space (5 points, 5 comments)
    9. FutureBit Moonlander 2 is available. (3 points, 30 comments)
    10. how to node? (3 points, 5 comments)
  21. 52 points, 5 submissions: Rupluttaja
    1. How I feel when I'm drinking coins from a faucet (19 points, 8 comments)
    2. Gravity well should be set to be main priority. (16 points, 26 comments)
    3. And the Devs have left us in the shadows...again Please give the community some updates (7 points, 5 comments)
    4. What God-complex? Nyan is god, it has a halo. (5 points, 0 comments)
    5. What happened to the faucet? (5 points, 6 comments)
  22. 51 points, 7 submissions: slavethewhales
    1. CRYPTSY! (16 points, 2 comments)
    2. How would one go about creating a faucet? (7 points, 5 comments)
    3. Miss you guys (7 points, 7 comments)
    4. 67000 is here! (6 points, 0 comments)
    5. If you have an iPhone, request Nyancoin inclusion in the Coin Ticker app. Just go to Settings, Coin Request, then scroll down to Nyancoin and click the request button on the right. It's a really nice app and would be good exposure to get it in there. (6 points, 2 comments)
    6. A handy crypto converter, NYAN included! (5 points, 2 comments)
    7. Does anyone know how many hits per day the nyancoin faucet website gets? I'm curious about the overall interest in the coin at this point. (4 points, 2 comments)
  23. 46 points, 8 submissions: Snargosoft
    1. Nyan Coin is now 2nd on Cryptsy (10 points, 6 comments)
    2. 12 Hours Of Extra Free Nyan Coins! (8 points, 6 comments)
    3. New Nyan Coin Faucet (8 points, 14 comments)
    4. The New www.NyanCoin.Me (5 points, 10 comments)
    5. How to make a faucet (4 points, 1 comment)
    6. The Nyan Coin Faucet now dispenses Nyan Coins Automatically! (4 points, 6 comments)
    7. www.Nyancoin.Me Has Just Dispensed Their 1000th Coin! (4 points, 2 comments)
    8. Cryptsy Is Only Steps Away! While we are second, Let's Stay Second! Down With XRP (3 points, 2 comments)
  24. 46 points, 6 submissions: MAURO_italy
    1. 3RD AD CAMPAIGN!! LET'EM KNOW WE GOT IN ALTOUTLET! (9 points, 10 comments)
    2. TO THE MOON! (9 points, 9 comments)
    3. [RESURRECT] Advertising campaign! READ ME PLEASE! (9 points, 31 comments)
    4. [GROWING] 2ND AD CAMPAIGN! GET IN!! (8 points, 18 comments)
    5. Have an Happy St. Patrick's Day, Nekonauts! (6 points, 19 comments)
    6. [SUGGESTION] NYAN COINS MOBILE APP (5 points, 4 comments)
  25. 45 points, 7 submissions: jeredye
    1. FortyNyaners.com - New Mining Pool! - 0% FEES + Giaveaway! (10 points, 56 comments)
    2. Fortynyaners.com Pool Fee Increase (8 points, 9 comments)
    3. How to Create Nyancoin Vanity Addresses [Guide] (7 points, 20 comments)
    4. Upgraded Design - FortyNyaners.com - 0% Fee Pool (7 points, 12 comments)
    5. Fortynyaners.com GIVEAWAY #2! 0% Fee Pool - We need more miners! (6 points, 37 comments)
    6. Fortynyaners.com BLOCK FINDER BONUS ENABLED. 10 NYAN bonus per block! (4 points, 9 comments)
    7. FortyNyaners.com - 0% Fee Pool - SITE REDESIGN (3 points, 3 comments)
  26. 45 points, 5 submissions: Codge1
    1. A massive thank you to hu3m4n for your hard work! (13 points, 16 comments)
    2. The package came in today! Great way to start the weekend! (13 points, 3 comments)
    3. Ads running today!? (7 points, 2 comments)
    4. NYAN DICE GAME http://nyan.greendice.cc/ (6 points, 3 comments)
    5. Post here to get us listed on coinmarket.io and get 5 nyan!!! (6 points, 26 comments)
  27. 45 points, 3 submissions: kuoushi
    1. What it looks like drinking from the nyancoin faucet (27 points, 26 comments)
    2. I think I went farther than expected on 2048nyancoinz (11 points, 4 comments)
    3. Just a heads up, I think the nyandispenser.tk faucet was compromised. (7 points, 6 comments)
  28. 44 points, 9 submissions: peanut83
    1. Lets pump up the faucet I just added 20,000 nyan (8 points, 2 comments)
    2. After PoS (7 points, 1 comment)
    3. Stump the Geek (6 points, 4 comments)
    4. Nyancoin supply is almost 90m (5 points, 2 comments)
    5. why has hashrate jumped to 380.61 MH/s ? (5 points, 2 comments)
    6. would this be good for nyan? (4 points, 2 comments)
    7. Ex cryptsy user. I would buy this coin but I don't fancy using cryptopia (3 points, 7 comments)
    8. Nyancoin dirt cheap on cryptsy. (3 points, 4 comments)
    9. dead fb page can we remove? (3 points, 11 comments)
  29. 43 points, 4 submissions: The_Somnambulist
    1. Thank you, americanpegasus for Game of Nyan and all your hard work. (22 points, 12 comments)
    2. Nyancoin wallpaper 2560x1600 (11 points, 9 comments)
    3. Nyancoin giveaway! (6 points, 55 comments)
    4. Nyancoin for science (4 points, 10 comments)
  30. 43 points, 4 submissions: xpliset
    1. Help us get on cryptsy and get 20 free NYAN (17 points, 177 comments)
    2. Help NyanCoin get on another exchange and receive 50 NYAN! (13 points, 131 comments)
    3. www.nyanmine.com running its second promotion (8 points, 6 comments)
    4. Vote for nyancoin on coinpayments (5 points, 5 comments)
  31. 42 points, 7 submissions: snarklasers
    1. Yes, tipnyan is down ATM. (14 points, 7 comments)
    2. Tipping Tuesday; time for original Nyan memes. (7 points, 5 comments)
    3. Recap of what happened last week. :) (6 points, 10 comments)
    4. Network stuck again. Any ideas? (5 points, 37 comments)
    5. Nyancat is now broken. (4 points, 9 comments)
    6. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) (3 points, 8 comments)
    7. Caturday Contest: Nyan Cat Auditions (3 points, 10 comments)
  32. 39 points, 4 submissions: abyssea
    1. This is how I feel with my NyanCoins :( (18 points, 1 comment)
    2. Just ordered a mining rig and a little nervous! (9 points, 25 comments)
    3. New Miner Setup and Ready! (7 points, 9 comments)
    4. Is something wrong with the Nyancoin Calculator? (5 points, 7 comments)
  33. 39 points, 3 submissions: procrypt
    1. NYAN > USD/GBP/EUBTC/DOGE spreadsheet (21 points, 28 comments)
    2. How I felt when I saw the estimated next difficulty (13 points, 16 comments)
    3. Nyan Tipping etiquette (5 points, 3 comments)
  34. 38 points, 5 submissions: brennancellis
    1. We did it! (10 points, 13 comments)
    2. Here's some nyancoin wallpapers!!! (9 points, 3 comments)
    3. Contest for Nyancoin! (7 points, 10 comments)
    4. Doge did it, so should we! (7 points, 9 comments)
    5. Check out the wiki and see what it needs! (5 points, 4 comments)

Top Commenters

  1. nyantip (2350 points, 1872 comments)
  2. coinaday (1630 points, 1210 comments)
  3. atheistftwins (761 points, 562 comments)
  4. KojoSlayer (668 points, 363 comments)
  5. americanpegasus (560 points, 318 comments)
  6. Simcom (555 points, 374 comments)
  7. tipnyan (409 points, 293 comments)
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  10. vmp32k (292 points, 159 comments)
  11. sillyputti (281 points, 225 comments)
  12. nyancoin (263 points, 208 comments)
  13. Codge1 (242 points, 149 comments)
  14. shibeseller (232 points, 147 comments)
  15. jwflame (230 points, 115 comments)
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  17. The_Somnambulist (205 points, 155 comments)
  18. xpliset (200 points, 162 comments)
  19. Jybrael (195 points, 121 comments)
  20. The-Bent (189 points, 97 comments)
  21. spydud22 (184 points, 96 comments)
  22. Lufah (171 points, 98 comments)
  23. shinohai_ (166 points, 86 comments)
  24. slasherzx (162 points, 101 comments)
  25. jwinterm (152 points, 89 comments)
  26. snarklasers (148 points, 64 comments)
  27. dhj0001 (133 points, 88 comments)
  28. IntelligentComment (129 points, 93 comments)
  29. Rupluttaja (128 points, 77 comments)
  30. jeredye (122 points, 88 comments)
  31. bendover340 (103 points, 57 comments)
  32. ginger_beer_m (101 points, 72 comments)
  33. UrsaMajorisAlpha (100 points, 73 comments)
  34. EdenSB (95 points, 73 comments)
  35. Exohain (95 points, 59 comments)
  36. valcarni (90 points, 63 comments)
  37. nyanstu (83 points, 65 comments)
  38. procrypt (79 points, 60 comments)
  39. lzr1900 (72 points, 51 comments)
  40. CartmanSPC (71 points, 35 comments)
  41. feyerbrand (70 points, 63 comments)
  42. Snargosoft (69 points, 54 comments)
  43. Larry1123 (66 points, 53 comments)
  44. Dogexecutive (59 points, 32 comments)
  45. MAURO_italy (58 points, 50 comments)
  46. ProHashing (57 points, 24 comments)
  47. kahbn (55 points, 42 comments)
  48. petert0th (53 points, 47 comments)
  49. bl4ckw00d (51 points, 37 comments)
  50. Palladi (51 points, 35 comments)
  51. thorygg (51 points, 35 comments)
  52. RunNyanRun (50 points, 21 comments)
  53. JiveTonto (49 points, 22 comments)
  54. bonoboner (48 points, 30 comments)
  55. FwuffyKittens (46 points, 36 comments)
  56. EricPach (46 points, 34 comments)
  57. SyntheticDarkness (46 points, 34 comments)
  58. iMadeATpyo (46 points, 21 comments)
  59. dbcmaster (45 points, 37 comments)
  60. peanut83 (45 points, 32 comments)
  61. Emm_mm3 (44 points, 35 comments)
  62. scirocco (44 points, 30 comments)
  63. JamesArbuthnotPooley (43 points, 28 comments)
  64. catathon (42 points, 28 comments)

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  1. Hi, I am nyantip. I need karma to function. Upvote me and post something interesting in this thread to be tipped Nyancoin. by nyantip (104 points, 170 comments)
  2. This is nyantip again. Do I need to submit a link to get karma? As usual, upvote me and post for a tip! by nyantip (59 points, 99 comments)
  3. NYANCOIN FIRST OFFICIAL REDDIT GIVEAWAY - 33.7 nyancoins for the first 337 comments! by nyancoin (43 points, 744 comments)
  4. I'm a graphic designer new to nyancoin/reddit and wanted to help out. Hope you like it! by kiyami (39 points, 35 comments)
  5. Hello fellow space-cats! I am the nyantipbot. I'm nothing more than a dream at this point, but you can help make me real! Details inside... by nyantipbot (37 points, 38 comments)
  6. Fellow kitty-tats: We are making friends over at /dogemarket! They like us, and we should support them in kind! by americanpegasus (31 points, 20 comments)
  7. Have you kats seen this!!? We just got mentioned in a Wired article above even Dogecoin! Wow! by americanpegasus (30 points, 12 comments)
  8. GAME OF NYANCAT, Episode 4... Thousands of Nyancoins to win this weekend, for free! Choose your kingdom, choose your job, and claim your share of the treasure: Let's make this the biggest game yet! by americanpegasus (28 points, 274 comments)
  9. Nyancoin V 1.2 Out Now! Kimoto Gravity Well Implemented! MANDATORY UPDATE by nyancoin (28 points, 28 comments)
  10. We just passed CatCoin in marketcap: We are in 59th place and officially have lift off! Hold on to your poptarts - here we go! by americanpegasus (28 points, 8 comments)

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[Table] IAMA Malware Developer. AMAA

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Date: 2012-04-12
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Have you ever been infected with malware, if so, how did you react? What should one do to avoid getting malware? Haha yeah I have been infected a few times, it is frusterating but most antivirus softwares do the trick unless you are infected with some undetectable malware. I always check hijack this and my outgoing connections a few times a week to make sure nothing suspicious is going on. To not get malware my best advise would be to not download cracked programs through torrents or warez sites. These are popular ways to spread malware. If you want to use pirated software run a keygen through sandboxie and use the legit installer. To avoid script exploits I recommend using a script blocking plugin such as noscripts for chrome or NoScript for firefox. Many ads are becoming ways to spread malware, you have to always be on the lookout.
How long does it take you to create the things you do? How did you learn to do it? How "good" are you at what you do and how long would it take, for instance, me (with no experience in programing whatsoever) to be at your level of goodness? It takes me about 1 month to create something from scratch that is of good quality. I learned it by teaching myself and looking at sources. It depends on how dedicated and of course how smart you are, but if you are intelligent you could probably learn in a year or two.
What's your testing process like - do you write unit tests? Do you test in various VMs and configurations to make sure it works? Do you have other developers to review your work? As far as the testing process goes, I test on 32 bit and 64 bit systems from xp to windows 7 to make sure all the functions work. Most of my programs are very different to each other, sometimes I make it hide in other running programs, sometimes it just sits in the open but is difficult to remove.
What are the most common, functional requirements that you apply to any malware (for example, must not show up in task manager)? What are the most common features that attract buyers for your products? What's the most common 'entry point' for an exploit of yours? (Examples: user downloads a crack, or user leaves firewall disabled, or user clicks on a link, or user connected to unsecure wifi)? People generally buy my product for stability and long lasting undetection so that it takes a while before most people realize they are infected. There are other features that are less important because they are found in many common malware programs.
What do you tell people you do for work in order to avoid being punched in the throat if you told them the truth? I just tell them I sell crack.
Can you, like, please stop? For you, thatgamerguy, anything.
Is it true that Macs are mostly safe from stuff like this? Macs and *nix systems are mostly safe because they aren't as widely used as windows, although they have just as many security flaws.
Can you speak to the programmers in the crowd as to what methodologies and strategies you use? As a c/c++ programmer of many years myself, I'm curious how you do what you do. How did you learn? Where might others learn? This fascinates me. For making things hard to delete my current method is to inject code into every process and hook the apis to delete and end processes. This prevents it from being deleted. If someone does manage to bypass the hook the injected code will just rewrite the malware to the disk. As far as networking, all you need to know is reverse socket connections with TCP. Check opensc.ws for more info about this stuff. That is the best site to learn at right now imo.
So, most redditors are very well informed with the internet/torrents/coding/engineering/blah blah blah/kittehs. Do you think your malware has infected anyone on this site? To expand, do you think the use of your malware is essentially easily avoidable to those who understand the internet gods? Could you explain any reasoning you could think of for why others would buy then implement your malware? And last but not least: ARE YOU MAGICALLY INFECTING MY COMPUTER RIGHT NOW?? WIZARD PROGRAMMER. Well I can't say for certain but probably it has infected people on this site purely because its so big. My job isn't to make it easy to infect people, just easy to hide on the computer. So if someone has some good exploits and can make the malware undetected then it is hard to know for certain if you are infected or not.
Mystic being of untold dark force, how might we convince you to use your powers for good? After I graduate I plan on work for a computer security company. As a college student I can't do much now.
Would you tell the security company that you used to develop malware? Lol nope.
How much money do the people make that buy your software? What prevents people from uploading your software to torrent sites or reselling it? My software generally has anti-crack protection on it so I can license it to a specific computer. People that use my software make varying amounts depending on what they use it for. I talked to someone that uses it to mine bitcoins with 50-100k bots, he makes about 20k a month.
Why do people pay so much to mess up other people's computers? I really don't know much about malware other then that it is bad... Did you get put on an FBI watch list or did they follow you around in a dark van? The people that buy my software make much more money from using it than I do selling it.
If your programs are supposed to work as part of a bigger whole, is there some sort of standard architecture your program specifically works under? Are the methods and ways of calling those methods meet some hacker standard, or do you publish an API with your script and just assume whoever uses your stuff is tech savvy enough to figure out everything they need to know? Could they easily read your code to see what you're doing or do you only send a binary/executable? Have you been surprised by any aspects of the industry you're taking part in? Does one segment seem a lot larger than you anticipated or did you come across a particular hacking technique you thought was rather interesting/inventive? I'm thinking on the level of channeling all the fractional pennies lost on rapid transactions to a bank account as being an interesting tactic... Do you individually sell/commission your programs or is there an equivalent to Amazon for such code? Where do you go to read news? I am sort of confused on this question. I am always surprised when people release good sophisticated malware which uses new methods to hide itself from the computer user. I never expected there would be such a huge supply of script kiddies who will buy software and barely know how to use it, only to hit someone offline on xbox live or something. I generally have someone else do the selling and finishing touches on my programs. I split some money with him.
Thanks for doing this AMA. Fuck all of the judgmental redditors. People don't offer to do IAMA's so that they can get bitched at by people on the internet. IAMA's are intended to give you an insight to a lifestyle that is not your own, so don't judge him for his choices. What OS do you do most of your programming on? When you're not programming, what OS do you use. What form of currency do you typically accept? Bitcoin? Do you use any recreational drugs? If so, do you obtain any of your drugs online? I use windows 7 64-bit to program on, and also use it for just regular usage. I accept bitcoins, Liberty Reserve, and Webmoney. I have done a lot of drugs but mainly I smoke bud, drop acid and do painkillers. I assume you are asking because of sites like silkroad? I have ordered off silkroad once but I get the same quality bud from my dealer so i didn't go back.
I have used the Silkroad, but I'm a member of a couple of private forums that give me access to much better stuff for cheaper. Do you use PGP encryption when communicating with your customers? My business partner actually is the one who dealers with the customers, but he does use it.
Got it. As long as you get paid, you could give a shit about the problems you cause for people. So, have you been a sociopath all your life or is this more recent? Well really I am not directly causing a problem to anyone because I don't use my own software. If I wasn't doing it someone else would just step in. Besides my programs don't steal credit card information and the like so the only real damage would be adware and posible dos attacks originating from your computer.
So you sort of make the bomb and let other people detonate it? So then its not your fault? Not trying to be accusatory, just wondering. Yeah and by that logic the people that sell others guns are just as involved as the people that use guns to kill people. I know what I am doing is technically morally wrong, and I will stop within a few months once I can find a job again.
Ever considered joining the good side? Getting a job at a anitivirus firm and using your knowledge about making malware to create software to prevent it? I would imagine that a knowledge like yours would be very useful for a antivirus software firm :) I plan on getting into computer security. As a college student coding malware is really one of the only ways I can make good money programming.
How "good" is your work? Will an anti-virus like achieve stop you? How wide spread is it. No, most of my programs are completely undetected until I stop making updates to it.
I'd ask for proof, but then I think that'd be a really silly thing to do. Have you written malware that functions on Linux? Besides the not stealing credit card information, what are your other ethical lines? I don't actually use my own software so I guess if that counts as an ethical line... I don't write malware for anything besides windows as its the most used operating system. If more people used mac and linux there would be as many viruses for those as there are for windows.
Have you ever been infected with your own malware? Yeah when I was testing without a VM (stupidly). Luckily I know how to remove programs I write myself...
, thank you for doing this AMA. Secondly, for most us out there who have loaded out with AV software and things like NoScript and Adblocker and such tell me, what behaviors or kinds of outgoing connections should we look for on our routers or scanners that might indicate infection? Its better to look at the process thats sending the outgoing connection, if its located in something like application data and has a startup entry, its probably malware.
Could you give me some examples on how to check this? I am always trying to expand my knowledge of these matters. Well the best way I know how to do it is with code, if you are interested in that I could send it to you. Otherwise use wireshark and process explorer or something.
Is the Free Anti-Virus/Spywear called AVG actually any good? Or do Malware programmers know that ALOT of people all over the world have it so create the malware so AVG etc will not discover it? Cheers. Most people create malware to make it undetected. Unless something is in the wild for a while most AVs will not detect it if its professionally coded.
As far as providing, I'm not necessarily sure how the law would work there. I can say with decent certainty that you're breaking tax laws though, I strongly doubt you're claiming your sales as income. That being said, I don't think you're scum. I was in the same place as you when I was a kid, and I did it solely because I wanted to say I could. It was less about causing harm and more about trying to learn. It just so happens that things like malware, especially that which allows remote intrusion, is very interesting. I was also heavily involved in the piracy scene, and major busts in 2001-2002 caused me to back out of it entirely. You mention the FBI, any reason why that didn't "scare you straight" so to speak? They only wanted information on an aquantince, I didn't give anything out and lawyered up. It did scare me long enough to stop for a year and pick a new nickname online to go by and also buy some vpns to gain some extra anonymity online. I don't think people that don't understand technology much truly get why it would be interesting to do stuff like this. Learning how to do it is a huge part, selling it is only secondary.
Do dark side developers these days ever just fuck around and make malware that wipes hard drives and stuff for fun? Not since the early 90's have I come across a story of anyone's hard drive getting wiped due to a virus etc. Most people are just focused on the money now. Also the new windows operatings systems have much better security so you can't easily get the rights to wipe a drive anyway.
I've made a virus in college when we were studying the Network Security topic. The professor of course didn't want to try it but asked me to explain exactly what I did. Anyway, one of the girls in my class asked for the code to duplicate it, modify it a little and claim she did the homework as well. So I gave her the source code as a help and when she "Run" it in on her machine it ruined many applications. Question to OP, do you have any similar stories like this? TL;DR: my college friend was screwed by my virus, OP do you have similar stories? Haha when I first started writing code in windows xp i fucked up my friends computer enough to force him to reformat.
How long does the process of scripting, and then finding people to sell to take? I would imagine this kind of thing takes many hours if not days, and what kind of skills do you need to have to be a malware developer such as yourself? I answered this before, but usually about a month for something of high quality. Depends on how much time I spend on it though. To develop malware you need to be an experienced coder, with knowlege of windows apis, memory manipulation, and networking.
Do you write polymorphic code ? I do not write polymorphic code because it would take much longer to develop.
What other hiding techniques do you know/apply other then encryption ? By hiding what do you mean? Injecting into memory is a popular way to hide running applications.
How many lines of code is a typical malware program from you? 5000-10000.
Is the malware all selfcontained or do you use 3rd party libraries? I don't use 3rd party libraries to cut down on exe size.
What's your largest botnet? How many bots? Which software would you use for monitoring incoming/outgoing port data? What languages do you code in? Which do you recommend learning for the future? No problem. I haven't run a botnet in over 3 years, but i had one of 10k at a time. There are many good vpns, nvpn, vip72 etc, just find one that doesn't log. Use wireshark or commview to monitor connections and processes. The use process explorer to look at the suspicious process. I code in C/C++ now, I started with Delphi but you could start with Java or anything really.
Do you feel a slight guilt from making your money via questionable sources? And how have you not been tracked down? Sort of I guess, i do feel a little bad that people use my software to infect other peoples computers, but it is not directly meant to harm the computer and steal information. I haven't been tracked down because I do my best to remain anonymous online through either a vpn or proxy.
You're being asked to zombify Linux desktops. What is your point of entry and how do you make it stick around? I am not expert on Linux, but the best way I suppose would be via an exploit. Once you have root control you could install a rootkit.
Hello there, nice AMA ! :-) 1. You said how much money you get per program already, but is that price fixed, or depends from the abilities of the program each time ? 2. Do you get follow-up money for the updates, or when you sell the product you don't touch it again ? 3. What do you consider as your ? Is there anything you have done and leaves you with a big-fat smile on your face every time you are thinking of it, and say "damn, I'm awesome." ? Well it depends on the abilities of the program and how much time I put into it. I do make some money from updates but usually most of the money is made within the first month. My best work was a P2P Bot which I modeled after khamedlia p2p protocol. I never sold this but I was pretty happy I figured out how to do it.
Can you talk about yourself in the real life? Do you meet the image of a computer hackemalware developer(like a neckbeard), or are you socially adept and have friends? How do you handle transactions? Like, how do you not get scammed by people buying malware? I am not socially akward, I have somewhat of a social life and have a good amount of friends. I work with a friend who handles all the transactions and also does some programming work, I get paid through him. The software can be disabled when people scam.
How do disable it.Does the binary listen to for constant external connection so if people scam you,disable it and please PM me the links. It checks through a database to see if its a verified user or not. What do you want me to PM you?
Any reason why not Bitcoins? Not really, its just a preference thing.
You make about 30K USD per program? And it takes you about a month to write a program? How many buyers do you get per program? Is this like 1K licensing fee for each of 30 customers, or more like $100 for each of 300 customers? Its more like $100 each for 300 customers.
If I sit down to a computer that is likely infected (ie run by a noob who downloads everything and has six toolbars on IE) should I assume that it is unsafe to type any passwords, etc on it? I wouldn't recommend using an infected computer at all, there is no way of knowing what type(s) of malware is installed on that system.
I bet those paid virus protection guys(like norton etc) knock on ur door to make a malware thingy, and the give them the "cure" so they can be the fastest with an update against it?! This doesn't happen as far as I know.
Do you feel any guilt that you do something that adds no value to society? I mean, a crack dealer at least provides a service to people... They get high. How is getting a high a value to soceity?
THAT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING. LET ME GUESS YOU EAT BABIES TOO? Only toasted ones.
Are you independent -- not employed by or affiliated with some larger organization? Aren't you more afraid of your customers and competitors than of law enforcement? Do you use anonymity tech such as Tor or VPN to protect yourself from all of the above? Yes, I use a vpn constantly.
When you sell malware, are you selling the source code, or just the tools to deploy/control it? Just the compiled binaries.
So basically you make malware so companies make and sell softwares to protect against new ones and is a never ending but profitable cycle? Pretty much, not that it justifies using malware but it is true that anti-virus companies probably profit more than I do.
How do you sleep at night? With a temper pedic
"Don't bother calling me a scumbag because I geniunely don't care." There you have it, why the world is a mess. I didn't make a thead so people could call me morally corrupt. When I say I don't care, I meant that I don't care if you call me a scumbag or not. I do feel bad for the people that get infected with my malware, but it really does not cause that much harm to the computer. It is up to the person who installs it whether he steals information or damages the computer or not.
I'll tell you point 1: Delphi, because every lamescriptkiddieforums have tutorials on writing uberundetectablesupertrojan. In delphi, of course. Actually thats right, I started with Delphi because it was easy to learn with, but moved to C/C++ later.
Bots are the easiest to code, but it takes time depending on the amount of features and undetectability.
Reverse connection is just an easy way to control bots, bots connect back to a master client which can issue commands. I don't program bots like this anymore, but many people still buy this kind of stuff.
I get paid via wmz and LR which I can then transfer to my own bank account if I want.
I use chrome and my desktop wallpaper is just a bunch of rainbow colored smoke lol.
Reddit has this fail safe the if you type in your social security number it only displays asterisks. It does the same for email. Watch: ***-**-****, ******@**********.com. Heres my cell phone number: 202-456-1414.
I got into it from the cheating scene in video games. I just thought this sort of stuff was very interesting, it took me a while before I started selling it, I used to give it all out for free. I will PM you a few sites I don't want to post here. People asking for a site, try opensc.ws.
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[Table] IAmA founder of Tindie.com, 'etsy for tech', that started as question on /r/Arduino in April, led me to quit my job in Sept, and just closed $500k in funding. AMA

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I've never understood why funded start-ups get so much money -- what do you need it for, and how (roughly) do you plan to use it? Thanks. First and foremost salaries, health insurance, basic business expenses (servers, designers, travel etc). Having worked at 4 funded startups before this, most have to raise other rounds to hire more people as the business scales and you have to hire more.
EDIT: Some think this was a "sneer" sorry if it came across that way! Realistically this lasts a year at most - 18 months. Seed round should let you fully test the concept and if the business actually can grow to a much larger scale. I'm sorry if that answer sounds like it was anything but a sincere answer.
Don't answer questions. Get on the phone and get your damned site up. You're missing a huge marketing opportunity here. Oh I'm working the phones like i'm in Glengarry Glen Ross...working on bringing it back up.
Looks like you need to invest a little more in servers. You got that right!
Good man and good luck. I suppose I'm just annoyed because I really want to check out what you've done and I really want this to succeed. It's coming back up now sorry about the down time!
I think the downtime on your site is the best response to why start-ups need money. +1.
Am I to understand this that the website is down due to reddit traffic? Because I see no tindie.com. Yep.
Looks like you need to move to the cloud. On AWS..just needed moar..
Still down for me, but here's Google's cached version of the home page. We are now back up..promise..
Please hurry. my attention span is very short! Ahhh back up! Did we make it in time?
How did you find funding? I've always been curious about how that process works. Do you just call up random venture capitalist firms, or what? Good question. My experience may have been a bit atypical, but it was all through meeting people who introduced me to more people until I met my investors. I wouldn't say 'networking' because I wasn't trying to find investors. I was just meeting people, and then it would become - "You should talk to..." I didn't have a formal pitch or slide presentation. It was all through casual conversation.
To hear what my investors thought, they both wrote blog posts on the investment.
Link to versiononeventures.com
Link to www.crashdev.com
I was just meeting people, and then it would become - "You should talk to..." I didn't have a formal pitch or slide presentation. It was all through casual conversation. That is exactly what networking is. I wasn't actively trying to connect with person X & Y. Yes it was casual networking but there wasn't a motive. I think of 'networking' as people hunting for another person with an agenda..but I could be wrong..
, Congrats! CONTEXT: I currently work in corporate sales from 9am-6pm every day, and then come home and work on my web/media start-up pipe dream from 7pm-3am or so every night. It's tiring, but I'm also excited, because I feel like I am at least moving in the right direction. QUESTION: Was there a time during the process that you led two lives? When did you know that your original job wasn't just supporting some "habit"? Thanks! I used to do sales at another startup/web company, so I know how you feel very well. The short answer is yes, definitely from June to Sept when sales were doubling month over month. I was also burning the candle at both ends.
The longer answer is that I've been working on startups for 6+ years- sales, support, developer outreach, and most recently engineering. Throughout that time frame I was picking up bits and pieces along the way. Throughout that period, I felt like I was living two lives. Working the day job, tinkering on the side, but really learning. I had ideas throughout that stretch I was working on which ultimately failed or never even got far enough to get off the ground.
The one piece of advice I'd give you or anyone interested in starting a web company, learn to code. I took a year off and taught myself. I'm no where near a great engineer but now we are two years later, I was at the point to be an engineer during the day, and build Tindie in the mornings and nights.
The benefits are vast from having a better understanding of the technology that goes into a website, the thought process around building a feature, and the fact you can build your idea, throw it out there and if people like it, great! If not, you didn't lose $x,000 hiring someone else. Twice before I've paid other people to build my ideas- both failed miserably. Learn from my mistake.
Circling back to your second question, you never know if you'll take off or not. I think if you have the bug, you keep trying. In that way it is a habit. Try, fail, learn and try again. Once you've made a mistake once, hopefully you won't repeat it and therefore you are further along for your next idea.
What's your favorite product on the site? Oh thats a tough one. Here are a couple..
GAMBY - an Arduino shield for gaming on an Arduino
Robot that plays Angry Birds- a robot you can program to play Angry Birds
808 Kick Drum Clone PCB- a PCB for building your own 808 kick drum
AS3935 Lightning Sensor Board- for detecting lightning
How many people run your website on a daily basis? It was just me up until October. Thats when I brought on 2 contractor friends, and last month the first hire - so max 4, most days 2 or 3 of us are hacking away.
Free advertising for what? If the site doesn't work now, chances are I won't remember to come back. Tindie is coming back up. hopefully you'll give us a second chance! Sorry about the down time!
Reddit: World's friendliest DDoS. +1.
How are you paying yourself and others who work for you? Quitting a job for something like this seems a bit scary. Yes, with the funding, we have salaries and are hiring for a Python/django dev! PM me if you are interested!
Reddit effect? Site seems to be down. ping tindie.com. Request timed out. Request timed out. Yep bringing it back up now.
Great concept idea, congratulations on the funding! Have you done any type of market research/ niche market expansionary issues that you might run into or was this an idea that you just dived right into? Thanks! and nope, I didn't do any market research. I was interested in learning about hardware hacking, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc and I felt like other people were also interested. At a high level, I just figured there are more and more people getting jazzed about making electronics, and that's why I just posted the question. I had no idea, so I asked the community and went from there. I didn't expect it to become a business at all. I just saw it as a learning experience and something to have fun with.
Are you going to offer "how-to" guides? It's a good idea. Have any more ideas on what you'd like to see?
What is your price structure going to be like? Are you going to skim off the top from sales or charge the people that post their goods? 5% of each transaction (with a minimum of $1). We only make money when a seller makes money.
Congratulations! Is $500k going to be enough? Where did you come up with the name? Thanks! Not forever.. should last 12 -18 months. Tindie came from 'indie tech' - tech indie..tindie.
I have a legitimate idea for a start-up. Do you have a good resource for helping me figure out where to start? The process? How to go about getting funding? Thanks...and congrats! Cool! Without knowing the idea/audience/your background, ultimately it will depend upon getting it built, out in the wild and iterate as people give you feedback. If you are growing and in a growing market, the investors will find you.
[Confirmed OP is who he says he is.] Marketing my own products seems to be my biggest challenge right now. Do you have any plans for marketing beyond just trying to be awesome and get in the press? Thanks Dustin! Short answer yes. Longer answer, check back in a few weeks.. :)
Did you have previous start-up knowledge before going into Tindie and in this case how did you work out ownership/equity with your investors? Also as a long punt question - do you have any experience or advice about how you divide up a company and give shares/control if there are a number of people working for free until it has a value? Equity depends on how you structure the funding. You'll want to look up startup funding on quora or some info site that can tell you more about the overall landscape. I don't. Since I started Tindie by myself, that was easy. Once you have other employees you can find breakdowns on equity by position & what stage the company is at also on Quora. Do some digging on there. You'll be blown away with the info you find (its a gold mind).
Saw someone asked this above but it wasn't answered. What resources did you use to learn to code? Thanks! Started with "learn python the hard way" progressed to Google App Engine and Django. Basically learn the basics and start building. You'll learn the gaps as you go.
How was your fundraising experience in your city? What were your investors looking for most in your company (for example traction, user acquisition, team)? And finally, do you feel that the city itself is inviting and conducive to innovation? Thanks! Fundraising was fine- but neither of my investors are in Portand (Seattle and Vancouver BC).
Investor comments directly from them: Link to versiononeventures.com
Link to www.crashdev.com
On Portland, I'd say so. Portland is great because its cheaper than the Bay, you can fly down very easily, and less startup noise than Silicon Valley. Before moving to Portland I spent 4 years in San Francisco.
Sorry if you've answered this already or don't want to for privacy reasons, but what's your background? What college (if any), degree, or job did you have before working in startups? I ask as a college student interested in working with startups after graduation. Political Science degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Account Executive at Yelp.
All around sales at Redbeacon.
(took year off to learn to code)
Developer Advocate at SimpleGeo.
How long do you think it will be before your site is back up? Apparently reddit has once again broke a site. Back up!
Bro, do your servers even lift? They were hurting for sure.
Did the popularity of this AMA break your servers? Yes, yes it did.
How did you teach yourself to code and build a website? What resources did you use? 'Learn Python the hard way' was a start. From there worked on building a site on Google App Engine, progressing to Django. Really it was a lot of trial and error. The key things were a few friends to ask questions & stackoverflow.
Have you looked into using bitcoins as a payment method? Yes. Because of we process payments and distribute funds to sellers it would be a bit tricky right now. Trying to not add more complexity than we need to right now..
Congrats! From the Crash Dev blog post, you received 11,000 visitors to your website in the first day? How did that manage to happen? I find that very impressive!! Please share your secret juice. I seeded the userbase & products on the site before it was even launched.
Set up a landing page to let people reserve their username.
Once they've registered, let people submit products for when you launch.
Once you have enough products and the site is built, launch.
Post on Hacker News/ Reddit/ forums and get initial buzz.
Thats about it!
What on EC2? can't you just spin up more boxes? I'm new to it, so that's why I'm interested. Yep its what we did after digging into it to make sure it wasn't something else. 4 XL servers.
Awesome idea! where does the name come from? also, what was your job before this? Thanks David! 'Tech indie' tindie ... I was a web engineer at another growing startup.
Congratulations! How did you make the jump on quitting your daytime job? I'm in the same situation now, trying to get my product into an MVP state, and have already done some analysis on that jump off of the W-2 bandwagon. What would you suggest doing? What were the guidelines you were searching for? When did you KNOW it was right to quit? Congratulations again! Thanks! I knew it was the right time when for the 2nd month in a row sales were growing at 100%. A bit of a risk but at that point I figured if it were going to grow bigger, I had to give it more TLC.
As a fairy, I know how he feels. The Speech. ABC.
I wouldnt mind taking a gamble on your company, do you have an IPO? or any public shares for sale? Thanks, unfortunately we are a private company. Maybe one day..
So instead of just asking about how we killed the site.. Since it's dealing with tech stuff do think you'll have any issues with people and patents? for example, someone buys someone elses thing repackages it and sells it as their own. We haven't had that issue yet. Most of the stuff has been open hardware which ignores the patent war..(thankfully)
Would you rather fight one Onnen-sized Lucky or 100 Lucky-sized Onnens? One Onnen-sized Lucky. Link to i1028.photobucket.com
Off topic, I think your site is getting hosed. Can't connect. I fear for the slag that used to be your network switch. lol. What type of categories are you offering on there? Back up! As far as categories, anything from Audio (synths) to plant monitors. Really a wide range.
You guys sell a robot that plays angry birds? Why do I want it so badly? Hmm good question, but it is super popular (as it's currently sold out)..but we can let you know when they are back in stock!
Link to webcache.googleusercontent.com Google Cache version if anyone wants to see the site before he gets his hosting sorted out. Thanks tbends for the help. We are back up!
Did you start this AMA knowing that we would have friendly-DDOSed your site? Nope, had I known we'd have planned a bit more :)
I cant currently view the site, so I'm not sure what tindie.com looks like... but regardless, what's the monetization strategy you've outlined for investors? I'm especially interested as the topic of the site seems to be "indie" and "open source", yet making $ in these areas can be tricky. Thx. Try now..
As far the revenue, tindie gets 5% of each transaction through the site - from there it becomes a question of scale and # of transactions. The makers are actually the ones who decide if their product is open or not. If they end up making and trying to sell their products, we are a great option.
Emile.
My friend is wanting to start an etsy for free trade items made all over the world. Any suggestions? Set up a landing page to let people register.
Once they've registered, let people submit products for when you launch.
Once you have enough products and the site is built, launch.
That's a start!
I still don't understand what your startup is - what's your product? also, i can't get to your site to find any additional info either. This shit should be clear as crystal if you're trying to get exposure. We are a marketplace for people to buy & sell electronics/tech that they make. The site is back up if you'd like to see. We don't have a 'product' but are the marketplace where makers can buy & sell their goods.
I see your site features a robot that plays Angry Birds. How have you used this machine for personal internet stardom and set record shattering high scores? I haven't actually used it - I do know the dev that made it and have seen it live in person. It does work.
Awesome site, just found and joined it due to this AMA. I was wondering if you could possibly add a feature similar to Etsy's where you can heart items and save them? Either way keep it up! Edit: Also a view all items option in subcategories would be amazing as well. Yep we can. Interesting story - we had wishlists on the site before a redesign, removed them in the redesign, and no one has noticed... We are working on a new solution in the future so stay tuned!
Emilepetrone: We launched a simulated diamond jewelry site called Link to diamonius.co and it's doing well, but since we are self funded via family we don't have the cash flow to do big ad campaigns. Any advice on how to get funding that is bigger than something like Kickstarter could provide? The trick for your business is growing so fast the investors come to you. As far as ad campaigns, maybe try cheaper more creative options that drive traffic your way?
When do you expect to breakeven? Good question, won't say the time but we definitely plan on being profitable. We do generate revenue unlike most tech startups so we are well on our way.
While I understand its nice for privacy and security why does the entire site redirect to https? Wouldn't it be less load on the servers to only use it when needed. Yes, you are right.
Why doesn't your website work? Because too many people were hitting the site, melting out servers- but we are back up now :)
How much equity did you have to give up for the 500K? Unfortunately the question I'm refraining from answering..sorry about that!
Is this similar to www.makeprojects.com ? I haven't been able to visit your site to check it out :/ Check now... not really, more of a marketplace than tutorials site.
A section for amateur radio on the front page would be welcome. I've posted links to you on some of the sites I frequent. Thanks! Adding that category now. Once there are 3 products in the category, it will show up in the side bar.
Link to tindie.com
Why would anyone need a robot that plays angry birds? The other thing is you can use it for mobile app testing. Program it to run through a suite of tests..
Sounds like a neat website, can I have something from your desk? Hmm maybe what are you looking for?
Why can't I get on your website from my phone? Good question, the site was down for a bit, but should be running fine now.
of all, congrats! How old are you (serious question - I am just curious)? And you should get your site back up (as I'm sure you know). I'd love to take a look! How about now?
Now? You're still 27. Maybe 28, but I somehow doubt it. May 7, 1985.
You are at step 3 of 100 steps... You're now indebted to others and are obligated to make this a profitable venture - are you stressed yet? You should be... Yes.
Your servers are crashing because of Reddit. Is this a good or bad thing? Good thing...definitely good problem.
Hi there, me and my friend are trying to find an idea for a website service but quite frankly they are all taken and we have no inspiration at the moment. What would be advice for getting inspiration for this type of thing? Hmm just mess around. Building things. I didn't plan on making Tindie a company, it just happened that people liked it. The more you tinker and launch new ideas, the higher your chance for success.
How do you process payments and how do you pay sellers ? We handle payments through paypal, and disburse the sellers' funds via Paypal at the end of the month. So the $ stays within Paypal and we just transfer it, taking out the Tindie fee.
Why don't you use stripe ? We started with Stripe. Ultimately we could get lower fees with Paypal and international customers were asking for Paypal because they didn't have a credit card. But Stripe has done a great job -best documentation award definitely goes to them.
I've got an idea for a company, I've already worked out a business plan and parts of a marketing plan. I'm not really sure where where to start looking for VC. What would you recommend my next steps should be? Sure thing - start building the business, getting traction and growing. If you can show signs of serious growth, the investors will find you.
Could one use this site to sell a used CO2 laser? I'm thinking of selling mine, but I'm not sure yet...Not sure if this site is for products MADE by such things, or if one could sell the laser there too. Sure thing. Just mark it as Resale, and it will show up in our Resale section. We are focused on maker made, but do except other products...
I sent you a PM about offering to help bring your site up, I have the expertise, and the offer still stands. I just looked at the Google cached version, and it looks really cool and interesting. Ah thanks! I haven't had a chance to look through my PMs but fortunately we got it up. Will reply after going through a few more comments..
Looking for any work from home low wage workers? ;-) Not yet!
I love this place! I would love to order more but the budget of a student is limited. Have you considered reaching out to specific people (i.e. Joseph Prusa) to sell specific things they've made in an American market? Thanks! I have, just a matter of time. I met Prusa at the Open Hardware Summit..thanks for the reminder!
how much did you keep for $500k? Assuming you are asking about equity, i'll leave that question unanswered..sorry about that!
Hey Emile, I hope you're still answering questions. You and I have actually spoken over email a few times. I want you to know I appreciate the advice you gave me and the fact you didn't tell me to goto hell :). I've been planning on working on a community marketplace similar to tindie but in a vastly different space. How did you solve the chicken and the egg problem with tindie? Yep still here, just working my way through. Good question..still figuring that out.
Any room for parallax propeller chip? Sure thing, reselling it? We have a new resale section just for that.
Hey, I am currently a student studying Computer Science and a friend and I have been trying to work on creating a E-Commerce Website as well. Although we aren't new to coding, we are somewhat new to coding larger scale software on the web. We have been using Python within the context of the Django framework, but I am curious if in your experience you have heard of any better frameworks or alternative methods to produce an e-commerce site like yours? Check out Cartridge. Depending upon your idea, it may be perfect.
Why wouldn't ya call it etsy for techie? Hmm I dont know..never thought of it.. hmm.
What did you name your boat? Unfortunately no boat or car..
Link to webcache.googleusercontent.com. Should be running fine now..
Did reddit just Friendly DDos'd your site? Yep!
Where are you hosting? Amazon, Heroku, Rackspace? heroku ps:scale web=10 worker=5 AWS.
The site is down. Maybe the start up funds should go to servers? :p. +1.
Can I have like 2k?? It'd help out a lot. Sorry mate, maybe next time?
A bear hug that kills you with a smile. Link to files-cdn.formspring.me
that is why we cant have nice things around here =[ Its ok.. fail and learn.. we now know what to do for next time :)
The good ole' Reddit DDOS. I'll check back later. Sorry about that! It's coming back up now.
And we are back!
... Its gone. And we are back!
Invest in amazon's cloud :) 4 XL's on EC2.
Lol he is the web host. They're probably using Amazon Web Services or some other cloud setup. The OP himself would be responsible for putting in load balancers & ensuring that the site scales with traffic. At the same time, it's a great lesson learned, occasional failure is a good thing :) Yep AWS, and lesson was definitely learned.
That exact thought goes through my head each time a site gets nuked. I'll be a good and bookmark it, maybe Santa will swap me out of the naughty list. Fuck coal. Thanks Willmus! We are live now, also do not want you to get coal.
I wonder how many of us won't. It's kind of poor planning making a big marketing move like this and not notifying your web host that you're expecting a big surge of traffic. In hindsight, you are right. I wasn't expecting it to actually get much traffic. But lesson learned - and we won't make this mistake next time.
Looks like 502 of their gateways are bad. Might take a while to replace them all. Yeah it did, but we are back up!
Oh sorry guys, i was sitting on ctrl F5. I thought so! +1.
Aand it's back. +1.
It's called free advertising. *OHHH You meant the site is ACTUALLY down... nevermind then. I'll still go back, not really that big of a deal, sites go down all the time Thanks! Yeah wasn't expecting it, but we are back up!
Great, now he's gone. Nope I'm here. Edited my answer to add more context.
WE ALL WANT TO HUG YOUR WEBSITE. Link to 25.media.tumblr.com
I've now seen that comment about 8 times in this thread already. It is very, very appreciated.
The friendliest ddos. +1.
The good ol' reddit DDoS. I can't connect to it either. Just try back in a little while. :) Back up!
I just had the same problem :( Sorry about that! Back up, promise!
That reddit hug! Link to 25.media.tumblr.com
$500k won't last you very long at all. Staff costs alone will burn through that in a matter of a few months, and there's all manner of setup costs and overheads on top of that. $500k isn't supposed to last years - realistically one year to 18 months.
Ah yeah, love me some strongbad. Link to homestarrunner.com. My high school chemistry teacher introduced me to strongbad. best class in high school.
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