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Crimeware by Zulfikar Ramzan, Markus Jakobsson

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Chapter 12. Crimeware Business Models

David Cole and Sourabh Satish

This chapter examines the different avenues by which crimeware authors can profit from their activities. The first part of this chapter presents an overview of the various mechanisms. The last part of the chapter describes one of these avenues, adware, at a more basic level. These two portions are relatively self-contained, and the reader can peruse each independently of the other.

12.1 The Crimeware Business*

12.1.1 Introduction

“It’s immoral, but the money makes it right.”

Convicted bot-herder Jeanson James Ancheta, January 25, 2006

The confused morality of 19-year-old Jeanson James Ancheta makes a poignant statement on the belief system driving the young criminals who ...

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