The money trail

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The money trail

To the law-abiding internet user, online payment systems offer immediacy, convenience, safety and a global reach, while keeping transaction costs to a minimum. To the cybercriminal, such services offer the same benefits — plus something even more attractive: secrecy.

It is easier than one might think to find online forums and other sites actively advertising and peddling the latest vulnerabilities, trojans, phishing kits and stolen credit card numbers — known simply as dumps. This underground community is thriving and getting more organized by the day. It ...

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