Crooks slither into Net’s shady nooks and crannies: This is comforting. In other news, the sky will fall today.
Organized crime rings and petty thieves are flocking to the Internet like start-ups in the go-go ’90s, federal authorities say — establishing a multibillion-dollar underground economy in just a few years.
[…] Criminals shop on illicit computer bulletin boards for stolen credit card numbers as they would for books on Amazon.com. They threaten devastating electronic attacks on Web sites unless they are paid. Online bank accounts are under siege. And millions of hijacked computers, or zombies — infected with malicious code under the control of a hacker without the owner’s knowledge — perpetrate the schemes without a trail.