10 Notorious Cyber Gangs


MORE CONTEXT: In early 2007, the Storm Worm gang were the folks who unleashed a flurry of fake news e-mails that launched a backdoor Trojan responsible for creating one of the most successful spam botnets the Internet has ever seen. The worm got its name from the first e-mails sent with a subject line of "230 dead as storm batters Europe".

Today the worm and its resultant botnet is still kicking and still remains a thorn in researchers' sides.

“They are very well run very well-organized—not quite the threat they used to be—but we've spent billions of dollars fighting their spam so far just from that one crew,” Jackson of Secure Works says.


For several years now, security researchers have warned enterprises and government organizations of the growing threat posed by organized cyber criminals. Online crime rings are fleecing organizations out of customer and employee personally identifiable information, stealing passwords, intellectual property and more.


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