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9/17/2007
03:57 PM
Keith Ferrell
Keith Ferrell
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Cybercrime Gets More Organized

The increasingly organized -- and commoditized -- nature of cybercrime should make all of us more alert than ever to the risks our information, and our customers' information, face on our networks.

The increasingly organized -- and commoditized -- nature of cybercrime should make all of us more alert than ever to the risks our information, and our customers' information, face on our networks.The latest Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec spells out just how commercialized/commoditizedd online crime has become.

Take a look, for instance, at typical prices for stolen cyber-goods:

Credit Card numbers are worth $0.50-$5; bank accounts go for $30-400; e-mail addresses $2-$4 a megabyte.

No wonder the crooks are grabbing data in as much bulk as they can manage.

Point is, though, that the underground economy is looking for more stolen IDs, accounts, numbers, more everything.

And they're looking your way.

In other words, the hacker business model is maturing, and that's further warning that your business guards have to be up, be kept up and be kept updated constantly. Because their business has its eyes on yours.

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