BUSINESS
03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cyber Criminals More Cunning Than Ever

The year 2007 may go down in the annals of Internet crime as the year when organized cyber criminals finally got serious about their marketing strategies -- crafting cyber schemes that were significantly more sophisticated and stealthy.

Security experts say criminals are increasingly trying to ensnare Internet users by lurking on familiar Web sites and using purloined data to craft scam e-mails that are more believable, and thus more likely to entice an unsuspecting user.

"The attackers are now following the same path that businesses have, in trying to advertise themselves in their own special way on the more popular Web sites," said Tom Liston, an incident handler at the Bethesda, Md.-based SANS Internet Storm Center and a senior security consultant with Intelguardians, a Washington-based Internet security consulting group. "They're doing exactly what every business tries to do, which is to find innovative ways get themselves out in front of as many eyeballs as possible."

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