However, it still operates but in smaller groups with some industry experts also claiming it has shifted its physical base to China.
There is a typical process which people unwittingly follow when they fall victim to malware exploit kits.
According to industry estimates there are some 17 million viruses winging their way around the tubes, cables and airwaves.
Some are old pieces of code that were created years ago, some are newly released strains of malware while many are actually tweaked versions of existing malware, changed slightly to fool firewalls and antivirus programmes.
Another reason was to challenge Microsoft, which was seen by a large number of programmers as a bête noire of the industry, intent on colonising the entire software world.
And of course, viruses were also created for criminal gain.
Viruses are like any other computer programme with the crucial difference that they have been developed with special features and ulterior motives.
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The Russian Business Network is an out and out criminal organization dedicated to cybercrime.
It has been responsible for the release and sales of many malware exploit kits and there are even suggestions that through personal connections it has worked on behalf of government organizations to launch cyber attacks. It is believed this is the result of efforts by various law enforcement agencies to shut it down.
Exploit kits can and do target many types of software.
However, that said there is a general trend to aim at software which is very popular, for instance, web browser programs.