Cyber Fraud: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures

Rick Howard

April 23, 2009 by Auerbach Publications
Reference - 520 Pages - 315 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420091274 - CAT# AU9127


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    • Examines economic vulnerability models in the market and analyzes how they affect vendors, end users, and vulnerability researchers
    • Outlines a conceptual model of the structures, functions, and roles of actors and organizations within this illicit marketplace
    • Discusses the roles of white hats and black hats in the underground culture
    • Addresses the developing maturity of malcode communication and the preventative measures organizations can take
    • Discusses Trojan software designed by hackers, used to target the financial sector
    • Outlines the countermeasure expenditures that should be considered by organizations


    With millions lost each year, cyber crime has evolved from a minor nuisance to a major concern involving well-organized actors and highly sophisticated organizations. Combining the best of investigative journalism and technical analysis, Cyber Fraud: Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures documents changes in the culture of cyber criminals and explores the innovations that are the result of those changes. The book uses the term Botnet as a metaphor for the evolving changes represented by this underground economy.

    Copiously illustrated, this engaging and engrossing book explores the state of threats present in the cyber fraud underground. It discusses phishing and pharming, trojans and toolkits, direct threats, pump-and-dump scams, and other fraud-related activities of the booming cyber-underground economy. By examining the geopolitical and socio-economic foundations of a cyber threat landscape, the book specifically examines telecommunications infrastructure development, patterns and trends of internet adoption and use, profiles of specific malicious actors, threat types, and trends in these areas.

    This eye-opening work includes a variety of case studies ― including the cyber threat landscape in Russia and Brazil. An in-depth discussion is provided on the Russian Business Network’s (RBN) role in global cyber crime as well as new evidence on how these criminals steal, package, buy, sell, and profit from the personal financial information of consumers. Armed with this invaluable information, organizations and individuals will be better able to secure their systems and develop countermeasures to disrupt underground fraud.