Online Criminals Move On To Corporate Espionage

from the plain-old-phishing-doesn't-pay dept

One of these days, someone will do a fascinating study or book on the evolving nature of online crime. It's a constantly changing phenomenon that would be quite interesting to study. A few years ago, we noted that the ease with which script kiddies could jump into the phishing and online extortion market meant that margins were getting squeezed for older online organized crime groups who had focused on such practices in the past. Apparently, the big money now has moved away from standard phishing and into corporate espionage. Organized crime groups are figuring out ways to hack into company networks, suck up as much data as possible, and then sell it off to the highest bidder -- whether it's competing firms or foreign governments.

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    Roger, 14 Nov 2008 @ 5:25am

    The key to understanding

    The key to understanding crime generally, and the evolution of crime, is to appreciate it as a biological phenomenon. In this sense, criminals are parasites. Not just metaphorically, but in a very literal sense.

    Any biological system that has input of energy, transformation of energy and output of energy, has the potential to be parasitized by organisms that exploit weaknesses in the system's defenses.

    This is not to justify crime or to say we shouldn't fight it. Of course we should. But it behooves us to appreciate that with any new system that we devise, new ways of feeding from it will emerge.

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