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Where Does Malware/spyware Come From? Why Can't These Websites Be Shut Down?

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#1 freebirdx


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Posted 08 April 2008 - 07:37 AM

I'm just wondering how these Malware/Foistware websites can operate, like SpySheriff or others?

To make the scam work, they need to be able to collect money from people who have to pay these phony rouge spyware vendors.

Can't the authorities shut down these pirates?

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 08:31 AM

They work because people give them money. If people would stop giving them money, they'd go elsewhere.

As for the authorities, there's so much going on that it's difficult to catch and prosecute these people over international boundaries - even if the authorities do think that it's worth the time to go after them.
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Posted 08 April 2008 - 10:07 AM

Fierce competition among identity thieves has driven the prices for stolen data down to bargain-basement levels, which has forced crooks to adopt mainstream business tactics to lure customers, according to a new report on Internet security threats.

Credit card numbers were selling for as little as 40 cents each and access to a bank account was going for $10 in the second half of 2007, according to the latest twice-yearly Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec Corp., to be released today.

The Cupertino software company detected 711,912 new threats last year, 468 percent more than in 2006, when it found 125,243 - and almost two-thirds of all 1,122,311 that Symantec has cataloged since 2002.

The data are usually sold through instant-message groups or Web forums that exist for only a few days or even hours, according to Symantec, and the hacking community exacts harsh consequences when members try to pass along fraudulent information.

Above quote taken from todays San Francisco Chronicle, and an article titled Thieves of identity data offering sales discounts written by Jordan Robertson, Associated Press

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 02:12 PM

40 cents for a credit card number? wow....

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 02:32 PM

Prices are cheap because they sell such 1,000 or more times.
And the fraud index watch may well kick in almost immediately.
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