How much can cyberterrorist get?02/11/2007 Written by Jakub Maslowski
We don’t want to talk about possible punishment and jail time/fee someone doing the “bad” things on internet can get, we want to show you how much cash so called ‘blackhat” can get.…
G DATA, a data-company that makes software for securing pc’s just realeased a press note wherethey try to answer the question asked at beggining.
From survey they made, it’s clear that DDoS attack or advertising thru spam is just matter of couple hundreds of euro. Same thing is with buying databases with mail address’s of our potential customers. “Spam market” is very big, for example You can have them sent 20 millions of mail’s for as little as 350 euro. “Starting kit” — 5 million of e-mail addresses, and application ready to help you configure Your own servers for that, cost around 140 euro.
Another thing that come’s handy in fight for customers is DDoS attack, here you will often get 10 minutes of it for free, just to show You how effective it can be, then you can decide how much of “their” time you actually want buy, prices for such service starts from 20 USD for hour to 100 USD for whole day.
Doing simple math - working for just 20 hours per month, on 20 orders, spammer can send over 400 millions of messages and without much effort he could earn around 7000 euro. If that wasn’t enough, you can get 10 millions of e-mail addresses for just 100 euro.Same goes to paypal accounts, credit cards numbers and internet game account’s.
G DATA found that most popular are World of Warcraft (popular mmorpg) accounts, where prices are around 6 euro for one, and thats two times more then for credit card info.
Last but not least, vulnerabilities and trojans, this is the most lucrative way a cyberterrorist can “earn” cash, prices often reach several hundred thousands euro’s, there are also auction site for those, but most of these are kept in secret to not give any idea to vendor, so buyer can longer and more effective use, that new fresh exploit he bought.