A recent RAND Corporation report on the black market for hacks, cracks, data theft, botnets, and zero days tells us your hacked Amex Black fetches a decent price, but only if you're not an American.
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OPINION: A new report by RAND commissioned by Juniper Networks has some eyebrow-raising conclusions about the black market for hacks, cracks, data theft, botnets, and zero days.
The state of Internet security nowadays has reached its worst it has ever seen. With botnets attacking Mac's (which was almost unheard of before last week) and password thefts, eBay and Twitter scams to identity and data theft which breached the Pentagon.
Whereas the overall click fraud rate isn't increasing, it's not decreasing either, remaining flat for the first two quarters of 2008, according to data gathered from the Click Fraud Network, consisting of more than 4,000 online advertisers and agencies. Click Forensics report for the second quarter of 2008, indicates that botnets continue being used for click fraud, the preferred and more efficient approach compared to hiring human clickers on a revenue sharing basis.
Security specialist Symantec has warned businesses over an increasing trend for criminals to use "parasitic storage" on networks of compromised systems.While botnets -- illegal networks of PCs infected with remote software by hackers -- are used mainly for sending spam, criminals are increasingly storing sensitive or illegal data in distributed environments, the security company told our sister site ZDNet UK on Tuesday.
Botnets in the news again — another in-depth look at botnet, keyloggers and how the combination is being used by hackers to steal massive amounts of personal data.
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