Wow, even computer crime is a “family” business these days!
Hey, look, I’m from Chicago, where you can’t hardly swing a dead cat and not hit a mobster, but this surprised even me! Apparently, according to an article that ran on CNet, 85% of all stolen data last year was linked to some kind of organized crime. And, 38% of data breaches used stolen credentials.
But, also, people are getting rich protecting us from the threats they create! Seriously! According to this article at eWeek, that’s just what some of the botnet crooks are doing. And, remember, this is BIG business. We’re not talking about a couple hundred infected PCs, we’re talking about tens of thousands. There are websites dedicated to the buying and selling of the data these things collect and renting out the zombie PCs to do your dirty work, like send spam. It’s big business and where there is big money to be made doing illegal things, there’s always been organized crime.
More and more, life is becoming like a William Gibson novel…