Malware industry worth more than Anti-malware

Written by Ryan Garside

December 18, 2006 | 10:46

Tags: #50000 #anti #dollar #exploit #hacker #hackers #malware #money #sold

Online market places, in which hackers auction off exploits and viruses, are making a considerable amount of money, a report from security researchers working for Tend Micro reveals.

Eweek reports that hackers are selling exploits of Windows Vista for anything in the region of $20,000 to $30,000, with some priced as high as $50,000. Raimund Genes, Trend Micro's chief technology officer, told Eweek:

"I think the malware industry is making more money than the anti-malware industry."

The report goes on to give a hacker's price list:

  • Custom Trojan designed to steal account information - $1,000 to $2,000
  • Botnet-building malware - $5,000 to $20,000
  • Credit Card Numbers & PINs - $500
  • Social Security Number, Address, Date of Birth - $80
  • Drivers License - $150
  • Birth Certificates - $150
  • Paypal or eBay account credentials - $7

The question of who is actually buying these viruses and exploits remains up in the air. What is interesting is the revelation of the existence of an eBay-a-like for hackers and their clients. Surely the only customers with enough money to pay these outrageous prices are anti-viral companies and software vendors like Microsoft.

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