Trend Micro Research Paper Uncovers Costs of Malicious Activities, Goods and Services Sold in the Russian Cybercriminal

 Trend Micro Research Paper Uncovers Costs of Malicious Activities, Goods and
            Services Sold in the Russian Cybercriminal Underground

Report based on data gathered from online forums and services used by Russian
cybercriminals, articles written by hackers, and fundamental concepts that
Russian operatives follow

PR Newswire

CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 30, 2012

CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --A new Trend Micro
Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704) research paper describes a broad offering
of tools and activities that can be bought and sold on underground forum
shopping sites. It examines the prices charged for various types of services,
while also providing examples of information shared among cybercriminals. In
examining two dozen basic and fundamental tools and technologies that
cybercriminals create and use to enhance their business, Trend Micro
researchers also assess thetop-ten ranked malicious activities and services:

1.Programming services and software sales
2.Hacking services
3.Dedicated server sales and hosting
4.Spam, call and SMS flooding services
5.Download sales
6.Denial-of-service-attack services
7.Traffic sales
8.File encryption services
9.Trojan sales
10.Exploit writing services and sales

Throughout the report, snapshots of pricing are gleaned from underground
forums helping paint a comprehensive picture of the Russian underground
economy. In fact the investment to become a cybercriminal is minimal. Here
are a few examples of what one could get for approximately US$50 in the
cybercriminal bazaar.

  oA stub crytpter with various add-ons goes for US$30 – 80. File crypting is
    primarily employed to conceal infected files or malware from legitimate
    security software.
  oVPN services for 3 months are offered at US$50-55. The VPN service
    preserves anonymity, while allowing hackers to access websites.
  oA 1-day denial-of-service attack goes for US$30-70. These attacks aim to
    paralyze websites or computers.
  oInstallation of ZeuS in your host: US$35. Installation of ZeuS in my host:
    US$40. ZeuS is one of the most infamous botnet toolkits, for making
    botnets that remotely steal personal information for victims' computers.
  oTrojan backdoor source code for sale: US$50. A Trojan malware masquerades
    as a legitimate computer program or application, in order to steal user
    data.

The report reveals that generally much higher prices (more than US$50) are
being paid for sophisticated technology, tools and services. Cybercriminals
can even test their threat against solutions already being offered by security
companies. In conclusion, the research paper notes that "the Russian shadow
economy is an economy of scale, one that is service oriented and that has
become a kleptocracy wherein crony capitalism has obtained a new lease on life
in cyberspace."

The Report is available @
http://www.trendmicro.com/cloud-content/us/pdfs/security-intelligence/white-papers/wp-russian-underground-101.pdf

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