Atrivo - Cyber Crime USA
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This study was initiated to track and document scientifically the ongoing cyber criminal activity from within the IP space and servers controlled by the California-based Atrivo, and other associated entities. Atrivo is a significant Service Provider and peering point on the Internet, and controls a large number of IP addresses used to serve content end users all over the world. The philosophy behind this study is the fear that either we as an Internet community take action to 'stop' the cyber criminals or the average user will increasingly clamor for governmental controls or seek a closed Internet to protect them.
This is an Open Source Security study set out to quantify and continuously track cyber crime using numerous methods of measurement. It focuses specifically on the notorious Atrivo, which has been seen by many over several years as a main conduit for financial scams, identity theft, spam and malware. This study although fully self contained is the first of a series of reports, on a monthly basis there will be a follow up to report on the community response, the efforts of the cyber criminals to evade exposure, listings to assist in blocking the risks to Internet users, and hopefully efforts to stop them.
In addition to original quantitative research the study draws upon the findings of other research efforts, including StopBadware, Emerging Threats, Knujon, Sunbelt, CastleCops, Spamhaus, and many others. What emerges is a picture of a front for cyber criminals, who have specifically targeted consumers in the United States and elsewhere. The study provides hard data regarding specific current activity within Atrivo, explains how consumers are targeted, describes Atrivo's virtual network structure, organizational modeling, and cites Atrivo's collusive failure to respond to abuse complaints from 2004 to the present.