Another trend is for cybercriminals
and even advanced,
in search of a quick return appear to have decided that complex coding tools such as rootkits, boot kits or replicating viruses, may bring results, but can cost tens of thousands of dollars to develop, reducing their overall margins and revenue.
To extract this potentially dangerous data, rather than approaching large enterprises that are likely to have high security measures in place, cybercriminals
are attacking the smaller companies that have access to this information, and limited budgets for security measures, including vendors and partners.
Succeeding in business today is difficult enough without having to cope with disruption and losses due to cybercriminal
are after money, and especially in poorer regions of the world, cybercrime is a lucrative business, Ondrej Krehel, founder/principal of cybersecurity intelligence firm LIFARS, explained.
Click through to learn more about the FireEye's top 5 reasons cybercriminals
target the SMB sector.
This year's first quarterly report sheds light into the cyber underground where creative cybercriminals
continue to find new opportunities to commit their crimes," remarked Raimund Genes, the chief technology officer for Trend Micro.
The upcoming deadline for Windows XP is something that presents a big opportunity to cybercriminals
as they will then be able to uncover vulnerabilities without worry of Microsoft providing patches," said Ghareeb Sd, senior security researcher, global research and analysis team at Kaspersky Lab.
On the supply side, skilled hackers for the right price can package up and sell top grade exploits, exploit distribution networks, denial of service attacks, evasion packaging, ransomware capabilities, and stolen credentials, anything that makes cybercriminals
successful in their attack objective.
The researchers revealed that the developers plan to sell the malware for 100 dollars in Bitcoins per initial build and 25 dollars per rebuild, which is a very accessible price for cybercriminals
, the report added.
, Android is well-established as the top target among all mobile platforms.
behind CoinVault tried to infect tens of thousands of computers worldwide, with the majority of victims in the Netherlands, Germany, the USA, France and the UK.