MPack developer on automated infection kit
'We are just a factory producing ammunition'
People have already started offering the MPack software for sale for a lesser amount. Are you worried about that?
Well, anyone can of course try to do that, but will they be successful? The main thing about MPack is not the scripts, but when the support and the methods of exploit are combined together.
Were you behind the development of WebAttacker? Some security firms have postulated a connection.
I know the WebAttacker team. We are friends. I was talking to WebAttacker's manager recently and he told me that they are going to start the real WebAttacker 2 pack in the near future.
Referring to MPack as WebAttacker 2 is a mistake. They are two different projects.
Some security experts refer to you as a Russian cybergang. Are you?
Cybergang is a funny word used by AVers (antivirus companies) and government officials. We are just a group of people working together, but doing some illegal business.
This supposed link with real-life criminals - I think it's bulls**t. AVers want to make an image showing us like bad guys stealing something from a store, etc. But really, almost none of my friends have any contact with criminals about our work or anything else.
Can you tell me anything about yourself?
I prefer to keep it in secret in order to make any official's job identifying me much harder. [However,] I have a legitimate job and am able to combine it with other projects, like MPack.
Are you worried about getting caught?
Yes, a bit. And with all these stories about MPack on the Internet, we will have to shut down the project fairly soon. The AV attention is bad because the more people know about the pack, the more the officials want to catch us.
In Russia, there is a law which forbids [malicious-software] creation tools like MPack, [but] we secure our systems to the best possible extent, so that even a police officer would not be able to get the PCs analyzed.
Do you feel sorry for the people whose machines are infected by an attack?
Well, I feel that we are just a factory producing ammunition.
Anything else you'd like to add?
I would advise you to use the Opera browser with scripts and plug-ins disabled in order not to be caught by the MPack someday.
This article originally appeared in Security Focus.
Copyright © 2007, SecurityFocus