For some time now, Symantec has stressed that the online threat landscape shifted a few years back, away from hobbyist-driven threats towards financially driven threats. This trend has given rise to a class of malicious software known as "crimeware."
I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with Markus Jakobsson on a book, "Crimeware: Understanding New Attacks and Defenses," which studies the problem and where it seems to be heading. The book is an edited volume in which we were fortunate to include contributions that were received from top experts across industry and academia all over the world.
We worked on the book to bring to light the fact that the game has changed considerably. The book covers the following topics:
- A general overview of Crimeware, including taxonomy of well known threats, such as keyloggers, screenscrapers, rootkits, botnets, and the like.
- A more detailed study of well...