Ben Laurie blathering

Pact With the Devil

At NSPW, George Danezis and Mike Bond had a great paper, “A Pact with the Devil” – the basic idea is a piece of malware that offers to give you search access to someone else’s files and email. Once you’ve been using it for a while, it then blackmails you to start propagating it by threatening to reveal your searches to the victim, bribes you with more access and so forth.

I loved this idea, and could easily see it working. There was some interesting feedback in the workshop – my favourite was the idea of using Amazon-style shopping habit matching: “other people whole liked Alice’s files were keen on Bob’s, too” or “if you liked that threat, perhaps you’ll also like this one”.

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