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It’s not a secret, and yet, cybercrime becomes more and more dangerous, and it develops very fast.

The latest findings of a report explore the trend of loosely organized clusters of attackers trading stolen data online being replaced by hierarchical cybercrime organizations. These organizations deploy sophisticated pricing models, crimeware business models refined for optimal operation, crimeware drop zones, and campaigns for optimal distribution of the crimeware. These cybercrime organizations consist of strict hierarchies, in which each cybercriminal is rewarded according to his position and task.

I’m very curious about the future European measures regarding this aspect, because such networks and organizations are multinational, they don’t belong to just one country, their members are spreaded all across Europe.

I know people who buy a lot from the Internet shops, they call two times/day in order to check their account balance, because of previous attempts of card ripping, or succeeded rips. There are so many sites today, and it’s so easy to create a simple e-Commerce website. For example:

Take osCommerce, a very strong and useful, also simple to use CMS shopping cart. Anyone can set it up on a server, especially if they provide Fantastico under cPanel, that installation can be done with a single click. Then they just add products put the price, of course, lower the the price on the market, they also offer free shipping a lot, be careful, FREE SHIPPING WORLWIDE is the first sign that you should check out the website and see if it’s registered, if it has a SSL certificate and the payment methods. For instance, chose a products that’s not more than 10 EUR and see what happens, I’m sure they won’t bother to deliver a product that values only 10 EUR, and additionally contact them and say that you want a product that values more, something above 500 EUR which is not in their stock. You will be able to tell if they are scums or not considering their response, or perhaps they won’t respond. If the product appears the next day or right in that moment in their shop, just don’t bother, keep searching.

This is just one of the ways they make you insert your account and credit card data. Another one is using affiliate programs. As an affiliate they ask you to insert your account data so they can pay you, they even give you a bonus of 5 EUR or something just to make you believe you’re on the right way, they also ask for your PayPal email, and if it happens that you have the same password as the one used to sign up on their website… then you got scummed twice in just one second.

I was wondering if such networks and organizations have the eyes of EU watching them, because soon, this will become big, the number of people who were fooled is always getting bigger, and it looks like we need a special instrument to make the education of the Internet, not just for shopping, but for Social Networking, communication and privacy issues.

Such people are dangerous because they have their members “in the field”, most of the people receive e-mails containing threatsthat someone is in the “neighborhood” and an accident might happen. Yes, it could be joke, but from nowadays on, we’re not sure anymore. Even if it sounds like science-fiction or like a movie, I say what I said at the beginning:

It’s not a secret, and yet, cybercrime becomes more and more dangerous, and it develops very fast.

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EurActiv Network