Commenting on reports that the FBI has shut down the Darkode Malware Marketplace where computer hackers bought and sold stolen databases, malicious software and other products that could cripple or steal information from computers and cellphones. Tripwire cybersecurity expert Tim Erlin provided the following comments.
Tim Erlin, Director of IT Security and Risk Strategy at Tripwire (www.tripwire.com):
“The dismantling of Darkode represents the results of a coordinated, long running law enforcement operation. While it certainly doesn’t spell the end of the black market for stolen data and malware, it will make an impact in reducing overall threat for individuals and organizations.
“While individual organizations work diligently to protect themselves from the fruits of operations like Darkode, law enforcement must continue efforts to disrupt the supply chain. The combination of tools on both sides can effectively raise the cost for the attacker.”