[Cryptography] When did zero day attacks become commonplace?

Viktor Dukhovni cryptography at dukhovni.org
Sat Dec 13 21:20:47 EST 2014

On Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 03:07:51PM -0500, dan at geer.org wrote:

>  | I am trying to track down when the transition occurred for a talk. I
>  | remember there being a sharp transition but I can't place when.
> My memory says that it was 2006 plu/minus two, but I am not remembering
> an event so much as an observation that once crafting exploits got
> too hard to be a hobby it became a profession.

The fist professional use of botnets I encountered to send spam
and malware started in 2002 with the "JEEM" trojan sending mail
via botnet nodes through open proxies.


Before that, spammers sent through their own machines and most
email malware was a "prank".  JEEM IIRC was the first major commercial
email worm.  The JEEM author IIRC was also a pioneer in selling
botnet nodes to others.


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