Cybercrime is growing very fast and states are coming up with ways to curb the growing ill activities. Developed and developing countries have reported cyber related crimes that caused massive destruction of property and life. However, some hackers have titled themselves as ethical hackers like the hacking team and Anonymous. Mostly, hackers indulge in inside trading and revealing government secrets to citizens or companies. A research was done and revealed 95% of cybercrimes are about stealing money.
Experts in Kaspersky Lab’s Computer Incidents Investigation Department spent the last three and a half years investigating more than 330 cybersecurity incidents affecting government and private-sector organizations. Their findings reveal that more than 95% of cybercrimes are about stealing money. Unfortunately, the hackers are Russians.
A report compiled by the experts revealed the damage caused to businesses by Russian-speaking cybercriminals who have been arrested in the last few years. It also includes an overview of products and services offered on the Russian underground market, and explains the structure of a typical Russian cybercrime gang and the main roles of its participants.
The report shows that between 2012 and 2015, law enforcement agencies in different countries arrested more than 160 people from Russia and its neighbouring countries, all suspected of conducting financial cybercrime around the world. The estimated damage caused by their activity exceeds $790 million dollars. If this is combined with the damage caused by the infamous Carbanak gang (which has not yet been arrested), the amount of stolen money would be more than $1.7 billion dollars. More than $500 million of this was stolen from countries that were not formerly part of the USSR.
Kaspersky Lab experts estimate that during the last three and a half years, nearly 1,000 people from Russia and neighbouring countries were involved in cybercriminal activity. Evidence suggests that there are fewer than 20 gang “leaders”, and most of them have yet to be caught.
“Unlike other local cyber-undergrounds – for example, in Brazil – enterprising Russian-speaking cybercriminals don’t just focus on local targets. They are an international problem and we think that the scale of the threat will only continue to grow. With the recent devaluation of the ruble, Russian cybercriminals have a greater incentive to shift their attention away from local targets towards foreign ones where they see an opportunity for greater illicit gains. We expect to see a rise in attacks against organisations located far away from Russia. The only way to fight cybercrime effectively is for law enforcement agencies, IT security experts, and representatives from the financial sector to join forces.” – said Ruslan Stoyanov.
Currently, Kaspersky Lab is actively investigating five large cybercriminal groups involved in stealing money using malicious software. All five of these groups are still active, and were discovered by Kaspersky Lab researchers in 2012 and 2013. Each numbers between 10 and 40 people, depending on the group. At least two of the groups are actively targeting organizations in Russia and neighboring countries but also in the USA, Great Britain, Australia, France, Italy and Germany. Countries need to take precaution because most Cybercrimes are about stealing money which can kill a country’s economy.