"Viruses, malware and online crime are evolving from the realm of geeks into a major shadow economy that closely mimics the real world. Maksym Schipka, a senior architect at security firm MessageLabs, claims to have identified a sophisticated online black market with tens of thousands of participants. This underground internet economy is worth over $105bn, making it bigger than the global drugs trade.
Collectively, online criminals are using the techniques of the free market to subvert and corrupt legitimate online business. In his report Schipka lays out the basic workings of this system, comparing it to a normal high street experience." – Content courtesy of vnunet.com analysis: The malware ‘shadow economy’ – vnunet.com