Monday, August 02, 2010

what is a crimeware kit?

a crimeware kit is a product and/or service that allows a prospective online criminal to carry out his/her criminal enterprise without needing the technical know-how to build that enterprise in the first place.

the technical aspects of an online criminal enterprise that a crimeware kit might typically provide for the criminal/customer include the malware itself which is often some sort of bot, a command and control interface, and potentially a facility for spreading the bot to new victims and thereby increase the size of the botnet.

by taking all the technically challenging parts of the online criminal enterprise out of the criminal's hands a malware kit could be said to create a turn-key system for online criminal enterprise. it's users could likewise be considered the professional criminal equivalent of script kiddies.

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