Online Data Theft and ZeuS Dropzones

7 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2013 Last revised: 1 Apr 2014

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Steve Chon

ANU Cybercrime Observatory, Australian National University

Roderic Broadhurst

Australian National University (ANU); ANU Cybercrime Observatory

Date Written: October 10, 2013

Abstract

It is apparent the increasing prevalence of botnets - networks of compromised computers on the internet - has contributed to a large portion of online crimes since 2005. Under the control of cybercriminals, these networks serve as proxies in the crime commission process and act as an amplifier of criminal activity. These instruments of automation are frequently used for illicit activities by a range of actors from novice criminals aiming to make a quick dollar to highly organised cybercrime gangs. (This article is cross-posted on the October 2013 issue of the VFAC Review.)

Keywords: criminology, crime, data, theft, botnet, crimeware, zeus, dropzone, victim, internet, privacy, cybercrime, keylogger, keylogging, trojan

Suggested Citation

Chon, Steve and Broadhurst, Roderic, Online Data Theft and ZeuS Dropzones (October 10, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2338901 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2338901

Steve Chon (Contact Author)

ANU Cybercrime Observatory, Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://cybercrime.anu.edu.au

Roderic Broadhurst

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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