Unsatisfied with stealing bank account information from their
victims, cybercriminals steal frequent flyer miles, too. The miles are
used as currency among some of the miscreants, according to a report
released today by the malware fighters at the Kaspersky Lab.
"In one IRC [Internet Relay Chat] message, a cybercriminal was
selling access to a Brazilian botnet that sends spam in exchange for
60,000 miles, while, in another message, air miles were offered for
stolen credit cards," Kaspersky analyst Vyacheslav Zakorzhevsky wrote in
the company's monthly malware statistics report.
"This coincides with our predictions for 2011 in which we stated that
cybercriminals would be interested in all kinds of information and
ready to steal absolutely everything," he added.