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Expanded Cyber-crime Space Dubbed ‘dark web’ is Highlight of McAfee’s Report

McAfee, in its most recent three-month security report titled "McAfee Labs Threats Report: Fourth Quarter 2013," highlights an expanding cyber-space used for crime that has been called the "dark web."

This dark web happens to be recapitulation in Q4-2013 and it's been observed as significant within a few most widely-said as well as greatest-striking security hacks during 2013 such as the assault against well-known North American retail business Target Corporation during when over 70m customers' private data was stolen through merely few weeks.

Alongside Target Corporation, other large-scale businesses to become affected with the hacks included White Lodging, Neiman Marcus, Michaels Stores, Easton-Bell Sports, and Harbor Freight Tools.

Albeit global agencies of law enforcement have started investigating the incident, they're yet to catch a suspect.

The group behind issuing the routine reports from McAfee Labs indicated that because it was increasingly simple to buy Point-of-Sale (POS) malicious program over the Internet, there had been a rise in the above kind of assaults along with dark web, wherein consumers' private information got posted for sale subsequently.

McAfee Labs' Senior Vice-President Vincent Weafer described Q4-2013 as witnessing a considerable event when common consumers became wary of the all time presence of Internet offence. ZDNet.com reported this dated March 10, 2014.

Weafer continued that the above cyber-thefts happened during the time when the majority of Web-surfers engaged in holiday shopping as well as when there was an effort to make shoppers feel confident and secure whilst they made the purchases. According to him, the assaults' impact would be not only on homemakers but also boardroom directors. Softpedia.com published this dated March 11, 2014.

Weafer added that security experts would soon find the above easily available crime runs, the size in which they got operated as also the simple way filched customer data got digitally monetized as having close correlation with 'cybercrime-as-a-service' as well as the 'dark web' in general.

Eventually, McAfee's report also outlines that alongside POS assaults, there has been a rise in digitally authorized malware wherein more than 8m items of such signed malware exist, with 2.3m detected during the fourth quarter, 2013.

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