Source: Information Week
In this article “How did an Austrian teenager who’s confessed to hacking nearly 260 websites in a three-month period do it? Simple: By using state-of-the-art, highly automated tools designed for testing vulnerabilities, or, in the hands of an attacker, taking advantage of them.
When it comes to online exploits, automation can be an attacker’s best friend. Indeed, crimeware toolkits such as SpyEye and Zeus have enabled people with minimal computer experience to profit handsomely from cybercrime. That’s because the tools automate the otherwise laborious process of creating hard-to-spot malware designed to find and steal sensitive personal information such as bank account numbers and passwords and to press infected PCs into the service of a botnet.”