In an interesting twist of irony, Symantec has revealed that malware writers are being hit so hard by piracy that they are trying to use copyright to discourage fellow criminals from copying their work; that's right!
Some Russian underground applications now come with a licensing agreement and a few of them even say that if the tacit agreement between the vendor and the purchaser is breached, the client will lose any technical support and the binary code of the bot will be sent to security companies.
Coming from Russia, one might expect a slightly more threatening tone, given that the Russian Federation has a nasty reputation when it comes to online crime.
Liam Ouch, author of the blog post said, "Despite the clear licensing agreement and the associated warnings, this package still ended up being traded freely in underground forums shortly after it was released,"
Symantec says that this has not dissuade fellow criminals from freely distributing the applications even though they were warned; Trojans and viruses have yet to come with the widespread money back promises and one-year warranty.