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Guess what? A new site, Downloadmalware com, offers free malware.

No. Really. What you get is a Vondu/Virtumonde (opens in new tab) trojan (opens in new tab).

There’s full-disclosure on the site:

Commence Tomfoolery

At the bottom of the page, he says:

Warning, this is actually a program that causes popups on your computer… I’m pretty sure it’s harmless but I don’t think you should try and find out. If you download this program you’re dumb! This post is a joke.

Well, it’s not a little piece of malware. Vondu/Virtumonde is anything but.

The author admits to feeling some guilt (opens in new tab)about putting up a website that openly delivers malware, but feels justified in that he feels anyone stupid enough to actually download the malware kinda deserves it.

This is my attempt at a sort of viral website. It could be seen as a "youfail" sort of site that forum users point to when someone asks a dumb question. I'm not really sure but I'm hoping it works.

And his own blog post, he has this to say (opens in new tab):

…I decided that instead of taking the conventional approach to making money, I would make up my own way. I realized that spending hours uploading files to torrent websites would be just like me actually going to work for a few hours in order to make money. Now, not that I’m against doing a little bit of work for the money, but the only way to make good money requires that you do some illegal things, and work.

Ok, I have a sense of humor. I get it.

But this is not funny at all.

I hope this enterprising fellow takes this crap down as soon as possible.

Alex is a technology CEO, with leadership, operating partner, investor, and board member roles at security firms including AutoLoop, Borland, Quarterdeck (now Symantec and Cisco WebEx), GFI/TeamViewer, Sunbelt Software (now ThreatTrack Security), BlueStripe Software, StopBadware, Knowbe4, Malwarebytes, and Runaware Holding AB. When CEO of Sunbelt he ran a security blog, and he still writes on security.