Since the advent of the Internet and people putting sensitive information on it, there have been extraneous third parties trying to obtain said data to sell or exploit in some other manner. While some attempts have been weak and failed to collect any personal or corporate information, others have made quite a mess. One of the issues in question has been the site Darkode, an open forum of cybercrime established in 2008, which has been indefinitely shut down. The site would distribute malware and made it easy to buy and sell Social Security numbers and passwords, but it appears that this brand of maliciousness has come to a swift end following a slew of arrests.
End of an era
According to a recent article for Forbes, 28 individuals were arrested in connection with the site. One of the cybercriminals apprehended, 20-year-old former FireEye intern Morgan Culbertson, allegedly created and sold Dendroid, a malware that specifically targeted Android operating systems. Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Europol believe that Culbertson honed his malware-creation skills during his time as an intern for the United States cybersecurity firm. Though his tenure lasted a mere four months, that’s plenty of time to learn what could cause a lot of damage in the digital and financial realms.
Though many executives and citizens around the world can breathe a big sigh of relief at the removal of this large threat, the war on cybercrime is still in its early stages. Darkode was but one of the many malicious sites that exist only to wreak havoc on personal and corporate levels. Even though taking down this nest of cybercriminals is a huge victory, no person or corporation should take this as an invitation to be more relaxed with online practices.
To mitigate any fears of data loss, it’s important to have an offsite backup solution that provides peace of mind by serving as a secure backup option. Since such a system is offsite and not directly connected to points where cybercriminals could access, it’s a good deal safer than if it was on-site. And plus, an offsite solution is smart to have in the event that there’s some sort of physical disaster such as a fire or flood. Protecting the company data should remain a priority no matter how many malware creators are jailed.