The Cybercrime Arms Race
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Overview: Sophisticated groups are leading underworld efforts into cybercrime, creating viruses, spyware, worms and other malware. These groups even provide complementary criminal services nowadays to outsmart Internet security providers. With little investment, there's plenty of payback for cybercrime perpetrators at every level of this ecosystem.
Our society has evolved to the point where many if not most of us spend a significant portion of our lives online. In many ways, this online virtual world mirrors our real world. Criminals, who are an unfortunate but integral part of our social structure, quite naturally have also appeared in the virtual world. The presence of cybercriminals has become more pervasive today because the freely growing online exchange of money and data has created an increasingly tempting target. Today the cybercrime ecosystem is close to maturity – well defined relationships and business models are already in place. A new class of cybercriminals freely and openly buys and sells malicious code. These cybercriminals range from petty fraudsters who steal small sums in large quantities to individuals who attempt to steal large sums of money at one time.