Botnet for Sale Business Going Strong, Security Researchers Say

Destroying your network can be profitable business.  Please make sure none of your machines are part of someone else’s botnet.

From spamming to harvesting data, botnets are a hot commodity for attackers. But as the Iranian Cyber Army’s decision to sell access to its botnet shows, hawking access to compromised computers can be profitable too.

The price of a botnet depends on a number of factors. The first is size, noted Imperva Senior Security Strategist Noa Bar Yosef. Beyond that, it often depends on what type of attack is being planned, the length of the attack, the target and its geo-location.

“Although a rental is based on a multitude of factors as stated above, to give some ballpark figures,” she said. “A 24-hour DDoS [distributed denial of service] attack can be anything from a mere $50 to several thousand dollars for a larger network attack. Spamming a million emails, given a list, ranges (from) $150-$200…a monthly membership for phishing sites is roughly $2,000.”

via Botnet for Sale Business Going Strong, Security Researchers Say – Security from eWeek.

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