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  • The astoundingly low price of malware

    Posted on December 7th, 2017 at 03:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    When it comes to malware, I thought I was too jaded to be shocked. Wrong. I just saw this infographic from Andrei Barysevich at Insikt Group and I’m still scraping my jaw off the floor.

    In the past 20 years, the cybercriminal underground has evolved from a handful of disperse message boards, mostly built around mundane e-commerce fraud primarily conducted by Eastern-European fraudsters, to a highly complex ecosystem that we now call dark web. Today the shadowy world of the internet is comprised of communities divided by various geographical regions, specialty, and the experience of its members and is capable of supporting both entry-level script kiddies and the masterminds of incredibly sophisticated attacks, such as the Taiwan ATM heist and malware attacks on Russian banks, which netted threat actors tens of millions of dollars.

    It’s taken from a post last month on the Recorded Future web site. Well worth reading.

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    • #150586 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      When it comes to malware, I thought I was too jaded to be shocked. Wrong. I just saw this infographic from Andrei Barysevich at Insikt Group and I’m s
      [See the full post at: The astoundingly low price of malware]

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    • #150596 Reply

      fred
      AskWoody Lounger

      ya just made my day  ‘-(

    • #150602 Reply

      Jan K.
      AskWoody Lounger

      From the news over here…

      A 20-year young high school student has just received a two-year jail sentence for trying to purchase a Hechler & Koch machine gun with 550 rounds of ammunition on the Dark Web.

      Price for the items not known, but for 4.1 bitcoins a woman hired a hitman to murder her boyfriend… sentence will fall on the 15th this month.

      Me? “Likes” seems to be very, very cheap…. hmmm… tempting…

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      fred
      AskWoody Lounger

      From the news over here… A 20-year young high school student has just received a two-year jail sentence for trying to purchase a Hechler & Koch machine gun with 550 rounds of ammunition on the Dark Web. Price for the items not known, but for 4.1 bitcoins a woman hired a hitman to murder her boyfriend… sentence will fall on the 15th this month. Me? “Likes” seems to be very, very cheap…. hmmm… tempting…

      WHAHAHA 🙂

    • #150631 Reply

      anonymous

      ? says:

      don’t know much about mayhem, murder and machine guns, do know that i found my name, address, phone number and other personal information in the windows registry in plain text many years ago. maybe that’s why i still get so many spoofed voip calls?

    • #150713 Reply

      NoLoki
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      The problem with this shadow business is that it is sucking in a lot of skilled individuals. The typical age of British criminals behind some of the world’s most high-profile cyber attacks is just 17, according to new research.

      The dark side can be lucrative even if the end product comes at a low price. However, it does not lack value. There are lots of buyers and re-sellers.

      A really excellent coder who can hack with finesse, can make $80,000/week. It is a high risk business. If you do not have the cover of organised crime and you start spending that kind of money, you attract attention – the tax man, the FBI, INTERPOL, SOCA etc. The typical hacker, about half of those surveyed in 2016, reported making under $20,000 from programs, while the most skilled hackers reported making as much as $350,000. Some do both white hat and black hat hacking.

      The price of malware is astoundingly low but the cost to individuals and businesses is enormous.

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