Cybercrime services sold for democratic prices in Russia

Posted on Monday, Nov 05 2012 @ 11:39 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
ARS Technica published an article on how the Russian underground economy has democratized cybercrime. Quoting a report from security firm Trend Micro, the site writes that buying a botnet costs around $700, and if you want to rent one you can do so for as little as $2 an hour. Spamming a million e-mail addresses goes for $10, and if you need a Trojan to spy on your girlfriend you can purchase one for $350.
Russian Underground 101 details the range of products on offer in this established market—Ferguson says that they can be for targeting anyone "from consumers to small businesses." He points to ZeuS, a hugely popular trojan that's been around for at least six years. It creates botnets that remotely store personal information gleaned from users' machines, and has been discovered within the networks of large organizations like Bank of America, NASA, and Amazon. In 2011, the source code for ZeuS was released into the wild—now, Ferguson says, "it's become a criminal open source project." Versions of ZeuS sell for between $200 and $500.

Here's some of what you can buy on the Russian underground:
  • Basic crypter (for inserting rogue code into a benign file): $10-30
  • SOCKS bot (to get around firewalls): $100
  • Hiring a DDoS attack: $30-70 for a day, $1,200 for a month
  • Email spam: $10 per one million e-mails
  • Expensive email spam (using a customer database): $50-500 per one million e-mails
  • SMS spam: $3-150 per 100-100,000 messages
  • Bots for a botnet: $200 for 2,000 bots
  • DDoS botnet: $700
  • ZeuS source code: $200-$500
  • Windows rootkit (for installing malicious drivers): $292
  • Hacking a Facebook or Twitter account: $130
  • Hacking a Gmail account: $162
  • Hacking a corporate mailbox: $500)
  • Scans of legitimate passports: $5 each
  • Winlocker ransomware: $10-20
  • Unintelligent exploit bundle: $25
  • Intelligent exploit bundle: $10-3,000
  • Traffic: $7-15 per 1,000 visitors for the most valuable traffic (from the US and EU)

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    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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