Cyber Crime Opens Franchises

June 22, 2009 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

There is a fairly frightening story about a new development in cyber crime that was just published at the Washington Post. You know those shadowy figures that seem to install viruses and spyware on your computer when all you’re trying to do is access your email? Well, the person installing them might not even know that they are in on a scheme to steal your identity and financial information.

Brian Krebs reports that there are some contractors in the US who may be duped into thinking they are creating a somewhat-legitimate business while actually they are being set up by eastern-European hackers who are installing malware on your computer. Sites like, and others like it, ask people to earn money by installing toolbars on remote computers, often with some type of pornography button attached, but in reality, they are installing programs that act as spyware, stealing your information and sending it back to the hackers.

Most computer owners know that you should never agree to download/install anything from a website you are not familiar with and you should never give your personal information out to untrustworthy websites. However, if you come across a “great opportunity” to “make tons of cash from home” just installing “small software programs,” ignore it. You could be the next unwitting employee of a spyware scheme.


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