'One stop' botnet market uncovered
The owners of the platform trade in malware infected PCs. A batch of one thousand PCs in the UK is worth $60, in Australia $100, and $50 in the US, according to the researchers.
The platform provides online criminals with an extensive attack toolkit for hire, as well as buyer side, seller side and a partner distribution network.
The site itself has deployed blacklisting and proxy redirects to keep law enforcement and security researchers at bay according to Finjan, who published the research.
“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, Finjan in a statement.