Searching for Evil: Spot the scam

Security researcher Ross Anderson gives a talk on how a search engine can be used to shed light on the various evils that lurk on the Web. It starts off slow, but picks up when he gets to the "Can you spot the scam?" game that he plays with each Web site. (If you're in a hurry, skip ahead to a little past the 20 minute mark.)

Comments (8)
  1. Mike says:

    Youtube link to same presentation for quicker startup:

  2. Miff says:

    Whatever happens to plain text!?

    Plain text, you can skim, but you can’t skim a video.

    Plain text loads faster on slow connections.

    Also, I have terrible hearing, so I need subtitles to follow along with a video.  Plain text does not need subtitles.

    [If you can find a plain text version of the presentation, feel free to post it! -Raymond]
  3. Anonymous Coward says:

    I think Miff’s annoyance was more directed to the author than you, Raymond, in which case I agree with him. There is in this case really no benefit to using video and I’m sure that if it had been a written document, we could have read it (never mind skimming) in under 20 minutes, but the video takes an hour.

    Also, I didn’t think the YouTube version started faster, it took two seconds in both cases.

    [That’s right. How dare Google invite somebody to come give a talk? They should tell them “We would like you to come to Google and submit a written document.” -Raymond]
  4. Mike Dimmick says:

    Miff: don’t be helpless. Search for ‘"searching for evil" anderson’ found, the slides for the presentation.

  5. -dan says:

    I think Miff has a point, although this might not be the best example – I’m not sure I didn’t click the link, because I can’t.

    And that’s the part of the point, Where I work they don’t allow streaming video, it’s all been blocked – to many people where doing it, and bandwidth was suffering. SO they did away with it.  

    The other part is I prefer to read because I can scan over the crap and only read what I want.  

    I never understood pod casts, or blogs on video, or for that matter news on video over the internet.   The only place I get my news is on the internet, for one very good reason, I can’t stand listening to newscasters and waiting for them to get to the story I want to know about.

    I don’t care about their agenda, I don’t care if they want to tease a news story for an hour only to give me 2 minutes of the story at the end of the program which is always incomplete.

    And thanks to the internet I don’t have to care about these idiotic talking heads.  I don’t need someone to interpret the news for me. What I want is the news, on my time, when I want it, and what I want, with the ability to skip over what I don’t care about and if there isn’t enough information, I search more on the same story and fill in the blanks.

    All this is best and only possible in print.

    I dont’ want to be entertained with the news, and there is no need to hear about Michael Jackson for an hour and a half – unless of course I really want to, but that’s not news that’s entertainment. The news part is maybe a couple of minutes.

    Maybe I’m alone, or in the minority, but I like my information in print so I can read what I want, re-read it if I want, and skim if I want, and without wearing headphones or subjecting people to what I want to listen to.  

    okay, I’m done ranting

    thanks : )

  6. acq says:

    Well… In this particular case, as far as I can tell, 070814-searching.pdf is much less interesting. Raymond was (of course) right — for this material watching actually brings more.

  7. anonymous says:

    The PDF is good for viewing the bad websites themselves ;-)

    "Our long term strategy is to remain a financial services company" – Nation Buildingwide Bank

  8. Scott says:

    Best line: "You setup a bank.  Which is easy nowadays, a bank is just a Perl script."

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