Exposing Bad Actor Sites That Support Cybercrime

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Exposing Bad Actor Sites That Support Cybercrime

By Alex Lanstein

October 8, 2009 12:04 PM ET

CSO – Today, cyber criminals who operate the most sophisticated stealth malware and botnets rely on a remarkably small number of network and hosting service providers, known to the industry as bad actors. These bad actors supply the infrastructure needed to host drive-by download exploits, command-and-control servers, stolen data drop sites, and other more functional network needs such as DNS and reliable uplinks. Having a stable, controllable network allows malware operators to remove one difficult piece of the puzzle and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are lining up to take their money. Even given that these networks are very well known, it has proven difficult — in some cases impossible — to stop cyber criminals and these bad actors due to legal, economic and technical hurdles.

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