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Remember the Amish Virus? It goes like this:

You have just received the Amish virus.

Since we have no electricity or computers, you are on the honor system.

Please delete all of your files on your hard drive. Then forward this message to everyone in your address book.

Great joke, but fellow blogger Didier Stevens did something similar using Adwords.

He created an adwords campaign in Google offering to infect users. And surprise — it worked.

Of course, one can surmise that people clicked on the sponsored link thinking they were going to get help with viruses. Or maybe they just clicked out of curiosity. At any rate, it’s a great blog entry and you can read his story here.

Alex Eckelberry