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26 February 2008, 15:20

Trend Micro's Annual Roundup catalogues black hat industry prices

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Trend Micro has released its 2007 Annual Roundup and 2008 Forecast on Tuesday. The findings in general concur with other sources, but the report contains a few interesting points that could come as a surprise. The overall growth of web threats, which was more than exponential year on year up to 2006, appears to have slowed down over the last twelve months. There has also been a significant increase in the number of attacks on smart phones and other mobile gadgets. Trend also confirm that badly designed AJAX code has become a prime target.

However, the most interesting section of this report is a pricing chart for black hat services, including:

  • adware from 2 to 20 cents per installation depending on location
  • exploit kit rental around $1 per hour
  • access to installed information stealing trojans around $80 each
  • DDoS around $100 per day
  • individual banking credentials from $50

These suggest the market is maturing and such facilities have become commoditised.

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