It’s normal to think of hackers as highly-talented individuals working from a basement in some foreign country. The reality, as indicated in the linked article, can be much different. Innovative Marketing Ukraine was a business—with a human resources department, holiday parties, and call center—that created malicious programs for use by hackers. The majority of the software was scareware, where it infects your computer, disables your anti-virus software, makes it almost impossible to use the internet or run programs, tells you that you have a virus, and offers to remove the virus for a fee. But it gets worse. For the people who actually pay, there’s a good chance that someone will sell the credit card information.
Thanks to Josh for this topic.