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Hackers for hire July 17, 2008

Posted by cyberpatrol in cybercrime, Cybercrime groups, Hacking.
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the Inquirer, 17 July 2008

Dirty deeds done dirt cheap

Hackers are now professionals using white boards, pie charts and spouting words like ‘paradigm’, ‘cash cow’, and ‘model’.

A report from web security outfit called Finjan claims that the days of the lone hacker who steals and resells credit card numbers is a thing of the past.

Hacks for fame have been replaced by the concept of creating a business where you have frequent customers who buy your stolen product.

Finjan staff went under cover by pretending to be potential customers and found that cybercrime outfits have a structure much like the Mafia.

There is a ‘boss’ who is a business entrepreneur and doesn’t commit the crimes himself, with an ‘underboss’ who manages the operation. The number two sometimes provides the software tools. Then there are ‘campaign managers’ who lead their own attacks to steal data with their ‘affiliation networks’.

Stolen data is sold by ‘resellers’, similar to the Mafia’s ‘associates’. Since these individuals did not partake in the actual cybercrime, they know nothing about the original attacks.

Stolen credit cards and bank accounts are cheap while stolen healthcare-related information, login credentials for organisations, e-mail, and FTP accounts are more expensive.

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