In Pictures: Kaspersky Lab 10th Annual Press Tour

Kaspersky Lab researchers reveal the latest threats we all need to watch out for

Golovanov gave an example of how cyber criminals are making money from malicious software. After infecting approximately 5 million computers with a worm, its developers offered infected users a rogue anti-virus program for $50 that would fix the problem. Clearly, even if only a fraction of infected users purchase the program, the culprits have made a significant profit.

Golovanov also discussed the economy of cyber crime, with hackers and malware developers exchanging worms and exploits for cash or a percentage of profits. According to Kaspersky Lab's research, the four main "cash cows" for these affiliate networks are adult Web sites, spam, rogue anti-spyware and password-stealing malware.

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