Security markets: Fame to fortune

Friday, 6 April 2007, 2:50 PM EST

It used to be that computer attacks were perpetrated mostly for fame and recognition. In the last five years the motivation behind the majority of attacks seems to have shifted inexorably from fame to fortune. Parallel to this shift we are now witnessing the emergence of a new attack economy, an efficient multilayer marketplace for information security attacks.

Iíve heard many reports of the rise of organized cybercrime. This is a disturbing trend because it introduces better financing and more teamwork on the attacker side. But an even more disturbing trend is the emergence of a layer of increasingly sophisticated markets for trading information related or derived from cyberattacks.

At NetworkWorld.

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