I'm chuffed — I guess I've now had my five seconds of fame on the real Internet, i.e. somewhere other than this blog.
In the workaday world I'm a security director for an education company that, among other things, delivers IT certification exams. I was recently quoted in InfoWorld's Notes From The Field column on the issue of cheating in certification exams:
A few days after my blurb on the bogus certification site appeared, it was shut down by testing service Pearson VUE. Hotexam and its ilk are related to a Taiwan-based "braindumping" gang, four of whose members were arrested back in 2004, says Mark Poole, VUE security wonk.
Poole says anybody who signs up with one of these "no-study" cert services should have their skulls probed for signs of intelligent life. "Why would you give your personal information and credit card info to a scammer in China?" he asks. "Some people are so stupid it must hurt."