The cybercrime inWestern Europe and NorthAmerica


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The cybercrime inWestern Europe and NorthAmerica

  1. 1. The cybercrime in Western Europe and North AmericaAlmost half of the western countries analyzed are among the Top 20countries with the most Internet users – and those users are veryactive. Most consider the Internet not only a source of informationbut also the easiest way to keep in touch and the most accessible wayto make purchases and payments. Additionally, in western countriespeople keep most of their savings in banks and actively use online ormobile banking systems to manage their bank accounts.At the same time, computers in these countries are often wellprotected and are difficult for cybercriminals to penetrate. Westernusers have sufficient skills and knowledge to protect their computersagainst infection. In particular, installing an antivirus program isconsidered a basic security measure for users in the US and WesternEurope.Users in Western Europe and North America are quick to migrate tonew versions of operating systems, making it harder forcybercriminals to find ways around IT security systems. Forexample, in the first half of 2012 more than half of computers(62.4%) in these countries were running under Windows 7. There is6 percentage points higher than the global average.With each new update of an operating system, integrated security
  2. 2. solutions become more advanced. Current operating systemsincorporate several mechanisms to combat malware: DEP, ASLR,restrictions on installing drivers without digital signatures, etc. Inaddition, most operating systems are licensed. This enables them toautomatically receive updates which are often critical for security.Norton 360 version 6.0 can protect your computer. Cheap NortonInternet security can make the Internet safer.Specific features of malicious programsThe level of information security in Western countries forcescybercriminals to develop new technologies. The maliciousprograms distributed by malware authors in these countries share ahigh level of technical complexity. North American and WesternEuropean users in effect become guinea pigs for cybercriminals totest their latest creations: technologies designed to infect computersthat hide malicious code in the system, as well as variousmechanisms for making money.The cybercriminals’ main target in this region is money and Trojanprograms are the tool of choice when it comes to stealing it.All Trojan programs distributed in Western countries can be dividedinto four groups.
  3. 3. The largest group is that of Trojans that deliver other maliciousprograms to users’ computers. Because malware authors continuallyproduce modifications to try to evade antivirus defenses, there are ahuge number of these. Meanwhile, the targeted delivery of maliciousprograms has given rise to a separate type of shady businesspractices.Cybercriminals are especially interested in the second group ofprograms, which monitor user activity and steal importantinformation. The most dangerous of these are Trojans targetinginformation to access online banking systems such as Trojan-Banker,Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot, Trojan-Spy.Win32.Spyeyes andBackdoor.Win32.Sinowal. If one of these programs successfullyinfects a computer, the fraudsters get access to the user’s bankaccount and can use that money at their own discretion.Another group of Trojans are designed to extort money from theusers on some pretext or other. They include rogue antivirusprograms and ransomware.Multifunctional Trojans perform two or more functions such asstealing the user’s data and downloading other malicious programsto the computer.Welcome to use Norton Antivirus 2013.