According to the FBI, crime pays pretty well sometimes, at least for a while. And cybercrimers are hiring. Like the rest of the workforce, crooks are specializing. In this speech, Steven R. Chabinsky, FBI Cyber Division Deputy Assistant Director, discusses the top 10 crooked specialties:
1. Coders/programmers, who create the means to commit the crime.
2. Distributors or vendors, who broker the goods (and bads).
3. Techies who build and maintain the nuts and bolts, including databases.
4. Hackers, who find and finesse the systems containing the data.
5. Fraudsters, who create and deploy the tricks that gather the treats.
6. HOSTers, who hide the servers and sites that do the heavy-lifting and storage behind botnets and proxy networks.
7. Crashers, who create accounts and sell them to other criminals for a fee.
8. Money mules, who open bank accounts and transfer $ around.
9. Tellers, who use transfer $ between currency services and between different world currencies.
10. Leaders, who may be as technical as your grandmother or even less. According to the FBI, “They’re the “people-people.” They choose the targets; choose the people they want to work each role; decide who does what, when, and where; and take care of personnel and payment issues.”
Read it here. About halfway down, look for the sentence, “Here are the 10 specializations we see in a typical cyber crime.”
Read my other top 10 posts.