Forget SaaS. How About Crimeware As A Service?

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News Posted: Thu, Feb 28 2008 7:21 AM

Security firm Finjan has uncovered a criminal online supermarket of usable FTP security credentials for some of the largest and most prominent companies in the world. Oh yes -- and some government agencies. The crime ring that holds the information is selling the information to DIY malware entrepreneurs who can upload all sorts of exploits to what users would expect to be the most secure destinations on the Internet.

In a sense, this crimeware as a service (CAAS) was inevitable.
According to an earlier report from Finjan, more than 51 percent of
websites that pushed malicious content in the second half of 2007 were
legitimate destinations that had been commandeered by bad guys. The
service is evidence that there's money to be made in automating that
process - and one more sign that cyber-crime has grown into a
full-fledged business where no opportunity to turn a profit is passed

"You can imagine the magnitude of this marketplace now," he said in
an interview. "They really commercialize everything in this eco-system."

It's not the number of the compromised websites that is a worry, but their prominence. The information was likely gleaned by keyloggers intercepting File Transfer Protocol information being sent from infected computers to webhosting servers. Once you have that, you can change anything you like on even the most securely encrypted page because you have access to the source code at the publishing level. It's a wake-up call for webmasters to use only secure FTP to update servers.

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After reading this I got the sudden urge to go watch Ghost in the Shell.

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Kamrooz replied on Thu, Feb 28 2008 9:01 PM


After reading this I got the sudden urge to go watch Ghost in the Shell.


I've got it on DVD. Yes 

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