Meanwhile, Sanford "Spam King" Wallace's former business partner Walt Rines is still into dubious online marketing ventures. He sells software for spamming online message boards, and also has a lucrative sideline in preying on gullible Windows users:
Rines has also created a website called Kazanon.com where he distributes a program that, according to the site, enables users to run file-sharing programs without being detected. Rines said he has distributed around 100,000 copies of Kazanon in about two weeks.
But an analysis of the Kazanon software by Lurhq, a security services firm, revealed that the program doesn't make users invisible online at all. Instead, the code simply appears to install a component of ClientMan that allows the program to stealthily download other programs onto the user's PC, said Lurhq senior researcher Joe Stewart.
Rines said Kazanon is "an experiment" and that he is mainly trying to determine "what people will agree to download."