Cybercrime, the harvesting and sale of credit card and other data for
online fraud and theft, is a "shadow economy" that mimics the real
business world in its practices and the mafia in its structure,
according to a new report from security firm Finjan.
"The current cybercrime organizations bear an uncanny resemblance to
organized crime organizations such as 'La Cosa Nostra,'" concludes
Finjan's Malicious Code Research Center's Web Security Trends Report for
the second-quarter of 2008 (survey required before downloading the
There's a boss that heads up the organization for both the cybercrime
gang and the mafia. The boss does not commit the crimes. Under him is
the "underboss" who manages the operation, providing the Trojans for
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