Everyone agrees the present job market is tough as unemployment in the United States is in the double digits. Well, cyber criminals are stepping into the gap, seeking to hire individuals willing to infect computers with malware, according to an article on RedOrbit.com.
Two cyber criminal organizations that have previously been involved with credit card and banking thefts are advertising for job opportunities online, according to security researcher Kevin Stevens of SecureWorks. Individuals are asked to infect computers with malicious code through the use of spamming or social-engineering attacks. “Employees” are supposed to provide links individuals are likely to click on which are infected with malware.
For each computer the “employees” are able to infect, the cyber criminals will pay $180 for every 1,000 infected computers. However, the website advertisement refuses to pay for infected computers in Russia, suggesting the companies are Russian based.
The website offers to “pay your wages via the following systems: Fethard, WebMoney, Wire, e-gold, Western Union (WU), MoneyGram, Anelik and ePassporte, and PayPal.”
Stevens presented his findings at the BlackHat Conference, held in Virginia. It is unclear how many computers have been infected, but Stevens reckons the number to be in the millions.