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Confirmation of increased availability of as-required hacking service

Finjan Software : 19 September, 2008  (Technical Article)
Crimeware-as-a-service fears confirmed with increasing presence of hacking services being sold on as required basis
Finjan has stated that a blog posting from IBM Internet Security Systems, in which the rapid ascendance of hacking-as-a-service is discussed, confirms an earlier report from Finjan on Crimeware-as-a-Service. Finjan's Web Security Trends Report Q1/2008 is available for download from the Finjan web site.

"It is indicative of the domination of criminal gangs in the malware and security attack business these days," says Yuval Ben-Itzhak, Chief Technology Officer of Finjan.

'Crimeware-as-a-service, or CaaS, represents the latest phase in the commercialisation of hacking methods and tools as indicated by our Malicious Code Research Centre (MCRC) report at the beginning of this year,' added Ben-Itzhak. "The process of conducting criminal activities is getting even more advanced by simplification - getting straight to stolen data as a service."

'In our Q1 2008 report, we highlighted the fact that cybercriminals are deploying malware, botnets, and infected computers to provide online hacking services to anyone willing to pay - the providers themselves do not necessarily conduct the criminal activities related to the data that is being compromised ' he continued.

According to Ben-Itzhak, "these services are managed remotely and include features that facilitate the installation of the crimeware program, running the service, online reporting and even offering ongoing maintenance."

'As IBM notes, the legality of the new crop of these services is questionable at best, but we suspect that we are going to see more and more of these types of "commercial" services emerging in the near future,' he concluded.
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