[ISN] Cyber-capos: How cybercriminals mirror the mafia and businesses

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 12:04:28 -0500 (CDT)

Cybercrime, the harvesting and sale of credit card and other data for 
online fraud and theft, is a "shadow economy" that mimics the real 
business world in its practices and the mafia in its structure, 
according to a new report from security firm Finjan.

"The current cybercrime organizations bear an uncanny resemblance to 
organized crime organizations such as 'La Cosa Nostra,'" concludes 
Finjan's Malicious Code Research Center's Web Security Trends Report for 
the second-quarter of 2008 [1](survey required before downloading the 
21-page report).

There's a boss that heads up the organization for both the cybercrime 
gang and the mafia. The boss does not commit the crimes. Under him is 
the "underboss" who manages the operation, providing the Trojans for 


[1] https://www.finjan.com/Form.aspx?id=67&Openform=true&ObjId=620

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