Ramping up cyber security means shutting down Botnets

It’s no wonder today’s cyber criminals can continue to gorge themselves on our vulnerable networks: It’s just plain easy, according to a post by Brian Prince, “Cybercrime Inc.: The Business of the Digital Black Market.”

For example, cyber criminals can rent a botnet program that can send out over 20,000 infected emails at a cost of $40.

In the past, we seemed to take note when an occasional ‘thief’ penetrated the gateway of a few major corporations and stole passwords or account information; worse, successful attacks encompass the stealing of much more, like hard dollars from man-on-the-street bank accounts.

Today, it’s happening so often, and with such “sophistication,” that we continue to fail on may cyber security fronts to keep the bad guys away.

Sometime ago, we might’ve been concerned with the organized crime links like RBN (Russian Business Network), noted Derek Manky, a senior researcher at Fortinet’s FortiGuard labs.”Nowadays, there are more organizations, thanks to crimeware, crime services, existing source code, etc.”

How does the money move in and around this criminal network? “Money mules” are openly sought after through advertisements, and their anonymous service ensures that the bucks go from “one country or bank account to another;” the most popular route is via wire transfers like Western Union or Webmoney, to name a few.

Shutting down botnet enterprises is paramount, but going after the money is also important, Manky noted.

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