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Cybercriminals entrenched in 'Dark Web': researchers

Published on Mar 10, 2014 12:41 PM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Cybercriminals are settling into a comfortable place in the "Dark Web" where they test, refine and distribute malware for online thievery.

That's the conclusion of researchers at McAfee, the US Internet security specialist, who noted that a huge data breach that affected as many as 110 million customers of the US retailer Target may be just the tip of the iceberg.

In its quarterly threat assessment released on Monday, McAfee Labs noted the relative ease with which this type of malware is bought and sold in "Dark Web" marketplaces.

McAfee researchers concluded that the malware for the Target attacks used "relatively unsophisticated technologies likely purchased 'off the shelf' from the Cybercrime-as-a-Service community, and customised specifically for these attacks," the security firm said.

 
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