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Saturday, 18 July 2009

Anti-malware expert and CEO, Eugene Kaspersky, offers theory for stopping cybercrime

I've got my own theories on how we could disable most of the malware, but since the theories would involve (in part) the upstreams such as Level3, shutting off major parts of the IP ranges involved, and the government/police forces, actually doing some damn work, and the hosting companies actually bothering to deal with this, instead of fobbing you off (or just not replying at all in some cases) because "the customer always pays on time" (yep, they don't actually say this, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out that this is why alot of them conveniently "ignore" it).

Anyway, I could ramble on forever about this, instead, back to the subject at hand.

I asked him to talk a bit about cybercrime and identity theft.

He mentioned how malware is exploding and cybercrime has become a big enterprise. And the cybercriminals seemed to have done well during the recent global financial meltdown.

One of the latest trends is ATM systems being infected with Trojans giving criminals total access to the money. In some cases the money is unlimited. And the truth is banks and ATM companies are in shock, they don’t know what to do.

I’m enlightened on how cybercrime is becoming more organized. Not like the mafia, but they are businesses whether small independent groups or individuals who trade and rent out their malware, each of these groups with a specific job, working together with the same goal in mind, stealing money. And they are making more and more of it. Many of them don’t know each other, so they work together through a “middle man” of sorts because of the lack of trust that is felt in this criminal environment.

He explains, “We are starting to see more and more cybercriminals targeting social networks because they are so popular. People are always online and they seem to trust everyone and everything in these social networks. They publish their personal information and they download.” He adds, “Simply don’t share your information.”

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Kudos to Donna for the heads up :o)

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