Downloadable software: Simple ‘$1’ Study Shows Hackers Are Winning

Using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk software marketplace, they promoted their “Distributed Computing Client” that said users would “get paid to do nothing” at a range of $0.01 to $1. You simply had to run the downloaded software for one hour and enter a code that enabled payment.Even after users passed an explicit warning noting that the software could be dangerous, as many as 43 percent of people ran the opaque code for a buck.

via Simple ‘$1’ Study Shows Hackers Are Winning – Business Insider.