You've heard of malware, but what about crimeware? Cybercriminals use many tools to take advantage of the personal information that they've stolen, and crimeware helps them do just that.
The latest crimeware to come to the attention of major media outlets is called FraudFox. FraudFox, and many other tools, are built to help criminals fool payment sites into believing that they aren't criminals. Security researcher Brian Krebs explains:
Every browser has a relatively unique “fingerprint” that is shared with Web sites. That signature is derived from dozens of qualities, including the computer’s operating system type, various plugins installed, the browser’s language setting and its time zone. Banks can leverage fingerprinting to flag transactions that occur from a browser the bank has never seen associated with a customer’s account.
Though the world may have only just become aware of crimeware FraudFox, a massive list of software like this is already out there and it's easier to use than you'd think.
Don't believe me? Then check out a video of just how easy it is to fool a payment website into trusting just about anyone.
That's not the only "crimeware" that's advanced either. This software, working on the side of justice, could predict future crimes before they happen. Click here to find out more about it.