Abandoned Websites Easy Prey For Cyber Criminals

Cyber criminals peddling illegal wares such as programs to hack into computers and stolen bank account numbers are moving to abandoned Web sites where their activities are harder to track, security experts say.

Dormant Web sites no longer monitored by administrators have in effect created hundreds of online bazaars for criminals, said Jim Melnick, director of threat intelligence for VeriSign Inc.'s security unit IDefense.

"I compare it to a low-income area where a landlord is not keeping up certain buildings, or the drug trade," he said. "If a person gets busted on one corner they will move to another." Cyber criminals gather on forgotten Web sites - Security - MSNBC.com

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