That’s the conclusion of researchers at McAfee, the US Internet security specialist, who noted that a huge data breach that affected as many as 110 million customers of the US retailer Target may be just the tip of the iceberg.
In its quarterly threat assessment released Monday, McAfee Labs noted the relative ease with which this type of malware is bought and sold in “Dark Web” marketplaces.
McAfee researchers concluded that the malware for the Target attacks used “relatively unsophisticated technologies likely purchased ‘off the shelf’ from the Cybercrime-as-a-Service community, and customized specifically for these attacks,” the security firm said.
The report pointed out that the attackers who stole the data have also found a market—offering some of the 40 million credit card numbers reported stolen in batches of between one million and four million at a time.
“The fourth quarter of 2013 will be remembered as the period when cybercrime became ‘real’ for more people than ever before,” said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president for McAfee Labs.
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