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Nickel Pop

Nickel Pop

How much does it cost cybercriminals to obtain access to a hacked computer? Why do it yourself when you can buy one for a nickel? Often, one group of cybercriminals specialize in the act of penetrating systems and installing backdoors. Then they sell access to the systems to other cybercriminals who want to use the access for a variety of malicious purposes and are willing to pay for it.

Buy an Infected PC for 5 cents – [pcworld.com]

It doesn’t take much to get started in Internet crime these days. Find the right site, hand over $50, and you can start wreaking havoc with 1,000 already-infected PCs.

Finjan, a San Jose, CA security company, looked into the “Golden Cash” site, used by black hats to buy and sell the use of hijacked computers. The crooks behind the site infect PCs (or pay others to do so) with the Golden Cash remote-control malware, and then sell access to those PCs. And that access doesn’t cost much.

Finjan’s Research Unveils Botnet Trading Platform for hacked PCs – [finjan.com]

By turning compromised PCs from a one-time source of profit into a digital asset that can be bought and sold again and again, cybercriminals are maximizing their illegal gains.

The cybercrime intelligence report covers the following:

  • On the buyer side of the trading platform, batches of 1,000 malware-infected PCs can be purchased for $5 up to $100; depending on territory
  • Partners are paid for successfully distributing the bot and collecting FTP-credentials of legitimated websites through the infected PCs
  • On the seller side of the trading platform, cybercriminals sell batches of 1,000 malware-infected PCs for $25 up to $500
  • Compromised malware infected PCs may be infected with additional malware each time they are purchased by a new “owner”
  • For attacks and exploitations, an exploit toolkit with obfuscated code and the Trojan Zalupko attack toolkit are provided

“As reported by Finjan before, cybercriminals keep on looking for improved methods to generate profit. In addition to stealing data and selling them on, they now also trade compromised PCs to as many buyers, sellers and partners as possible. Looking at the list of compromised PCs we found, it is clear that no individual, corporate or governmental PC is safe,” said Yuval Ben-Itzhak, CTO of Finjan.

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