McAfee Releases Virtual Criminology Report

Good news: Bulgaria is not listed there.

Bad news: dangers on the Internet are making people, companies, organizations, governments, personal computers, small and large networks more and more vulnerable.

* The increasing cyber threat to national security
An estimated 120 countries are leveraging the Internet for political, military, and economic espionage activities. Cyber crime has expanded from isolated attacks initiated by individuals or small rings to well-funded, well-organized operations using sophisticated technology and social engineering. Are we in the midst of a cyber cold war?
* The increasing threat to individuals and industry
As more of us rely on the web for shopping, banking, socializing, and carrying on everyday business activities, cyber criminals are capitalizing on every opportunity to commit fraud, identity theft, and extortion. Ingenious cyber criminals have evolved “super-strength” threats that are harder and harder to detect and can be modified on the fly. And, emerging technologies like voice over IP and smartphones are fostering new threats like “vishing” and “phreaking.” How will these developments affect consumer trust and purchasing behavior?
* Hi-tech crime: a thriving economy
Existing in parallel with legitimate ecommerce is a thriving underground black market economy run by cyber criminals. Greedy, malicious online fraudsters don’t even need computer skills or a great deal of money to launch an attack. They can buy customized Trojans that steal credit card information, and botnets can be bought, sold, and leased. And the stolen data itself is bought and sold like any other commodity. But zero-day threats that exploit unpatched vulnerabilities are the biggest cause for concern of all. Should these activities eventually be legalized?

You can download the report (5 Mb PDF) from McAfee (requires registration before download but you don’t need to include real data). Download is available in several languages: English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.

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