Internet Security: The Crimeware Explosion

Money Enter Key LockAnyone who spends time on the Internet knows that Internet Security …well, stinks. In fact, the Internet, at this time, is analogous to the lawless American wild west. In so many words: the Internet is not secure. One of the reasons for this un-security is the almost lightening speed with which cybercrime is spreading across every nook and cranny of the Internet.

In June of 2010, five months ago as I write this post, I wrote a guest article for Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts that predicted this explosion of cybercrime. I stated we were observing the perfect storm of events that would cause this explosion. Those events are:

1. A flat world facilitating global business activity.

2. The involvement of organized crime syndicates.

3. The selling and renting of malware packages and botnets (crimeware) to the criminal masses has radically increased the malware, hacking, and subsequent danger present on the Internet.

Five months later, as reported at Help Net Security.com, CA researchers reported that 96% of trojans detected in the first half of 2010 were part of an underground market-based mechanism which CA termed “Crimeware-as-a-Service”. This is the selling and renting of malware mentioned in item 3 of the perfect storm components. Cybercrime organizations have adopted this method of making money as well as operating the malware themselves using lucrative botnet techniques.

This report indicates to me that if 96% of trojans are a product of Crimeware-as-a-Service, this marketing approach is working and very successfully; it also tells me that our expected wild expansion of malware due to the “perfect storm” is a reality; and lastly, the Internet is not safe…not even close.

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Best regards,

Paul

paulshomecomputing@yahoo.com

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