Chapter 9. Who Are These Guys?

This chapter includes the following topics:

The Business of Malware

Studying Pharmaceutical Spam

Other Links in the Global Chain

Taking on the Bad Guys

So who are the online criminals who have made malware such a big business? How are they using malware, botnets, spam, and phishing attacks—and Web 2.0 tools and technologies—to profit?

They range from small-time crooks to highly sophisticated international organizations. These organizations offer botnets for rent; create and distribute malware; pay affiliates for spamming, marketing, and fulfillment services; and engage in a host of other bad behavior.

In this chapter, we take a look behind the curtain of the online criminal ecosystem—from malware developers ...

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