A recent Networkworld.com article reported on a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) takedown and bust of the Yahos Internet Botnet states that the operators of the 11 million computer botnet, aimed at Facebook users, were not deeply experienced in technology. These relatively inexperienced cyber criminals stole more than US$850 million; proof that the cybercrime underground market is selling high quality malware that is capable of stealing enormous amounts of money. This malware is developed to be “user-friendly” so that it could be sold to less-experienced, possibly new to the “field” cyber criminals. Many of these malware packages even include customer support for their users.
This blog has written about this phenomena as one of the major reasons for the immense increase in malware in the last few years. See Cybercrime black market statistics and Cybercrime “Products” For Sale for background information on malware sales. The possibility of making hundreds of millions of dollars with a very low investment and little or no experience is an almost irresistible opportunity for many people to become exceedingly rich, and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.
Cybercrime will someday be the death of the Internet as we know it…we will, at some point, cease to use it because it will be too dangerous to do so.
Reference: NetworkWorld.com article
Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.
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