> See vanitygen. Yes, 8 characters can be brute forced.

Thank you for this reference.  Interesting to see that there is a tool to 
generate a vanity bitcoin address.

I am still researching viruses that are designed to manipulate a bitcoin 
address.  I suspect they are primitive in that they use a hardcoded rogue 
bitcoin address as opposed to dynamically generating one.

As a start, this would help protect against malware that uses a static rogue 
bitcoin address.  The next thing would be for the malware to brute-force the 
legitimate bitcoin address and generate a rogue bitcoin address that would 
produce the same 8 digit code.  Curious to know how long this brute force would 
take?  Or perhaps, before converting to 8 digits there is some other hashing 
function that is performed.

Brian Erdelyi
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