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The Rising Tide of Crimeware-as-a-Service

Malware, botnets, phishing and backdoors are all offered on the cheap as subscription. These days even crime is in the cloud.
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Today's successful malware writers are remarkable in their ability to adjust not only their technical capabilities to evade the latest security technologies, but also their business practices to meet the needs of money-motivated criminals across the globe.

So it's no surprise that so many cybercriminal ventures today have adjusted both their technology stacks and their revenue models to service clients with crimeware in the same way that your average software vendor does. Crimeware, stolen data, and other salable items on the Dark Web are increasingly sold as a service.

Here are some facts and figures that show how pervasive the SaaS mentality has become in the cybercriminal underground.

 

Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading.  View Full Bio

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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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6/26/2017 | 7:05:12 PM
CaaS
This all makes perfect sense. As enterprises are digitally transforming, so too are criminal enterprises.

After the spam-industry bust some years ago, all these hackers and cybercriminals with botnets thousands and tens of thousands strong needed SOMETHING to do with their resources. Thus, these "services."
LindsayCybSafe
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LindsayCybSafe,
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6/20/2017 | 5:07:41 PM
Time to get tough and equip your staff
given the potential and innovation of hackers, as is clear from this article, we need to protect our staff with cyber awareness training that comes with real time updates. Get CybSafe.
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