Cybercrime-as-a-service on the rise: McAfee

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Who’s going to be the next cyber attacker your organization will be guarding against?

It could be a state-backed hacking group, a cyber syndicate or a cyber activist. But there’s also a good chance that it could even be a non-tech-savvy individual whose hacking skills are limited to downloading apps from the Web, according to Raj Samani, chief technology officer of McAfee Inc. for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“It’s gotten to the point where any person, without any IT skills whatsoever, could simply purchase a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) from Google and launch it against any target,” said Samani, who co-authored the whitepaper report Cybercrime Exposed: Cybercrime-as-a-Service with McAfee Labs senior research engineer Francois Paget. “When we were writing this paper, we knew it wasn’t new, but once we got started, we couldn’t believe the breadth of service available on the Web.”

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