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6/13/2017
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The Rising Tide of Crimeware-as-a-Service

Malware, botnets, phishing and backdoors are all offered on the cheap as subscription. These days even crime is in the cloud.
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Services Costs Meet Market Demands

It's gotten to the point now where the typical exploit kit is completely offered up on a SaaS basis. Interestingly, the subscription prices for these kits follow a number of market trends -
including one unique to the cyber black market: takedowns and mysterious disappearances of criminal competition.

Last year, when the Angler exploit kit disappeared from the market, monthly prices for the Neutrino kit doubled nearly overnight, from $3,500 to $7,000, according to CheckPoint researchers.


Given this trend, it'll be interesting to see what happens to the market now that the RIG exploit kit was dealt a big blow
 with a domain takedown of over 40,000 shadow domains.

Image Source: Adobe Stock Services

Services Costs Meet Market Demands

It's gotten to the point now where the typical exploit kit is completely offered up on a SaaS basis. Interestingly, the subscription prices for these kits follow a number of market trends - including one unique to the cyber black market: takedowns and mysterious disappearances of criminal competition.

Last year, when the Angler exploit kit disappeared from the market, monthly prices for the Neutrino kit doubled nearly overnight, from $3,500 to $7,000, according to CheckPoint researchers.

Given this trend, it'll be interesting to see what happens to the market now that the RIG exploit kit was dealt a big blow with a domain takedown of over 40,000 shadow domains.

Image Source: Adobe Stock Services

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LindsayCybSafe
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6/20/2017 | 5:07:41 PM
Time to get tough and equip your staff
given the potential and innovation of hackers, as is clear from this article, we need to protect our staff with cyber awareness training that comes with real time updates. Get CybSafe.
Joe Stanganelli
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6/26/2017 | 7:05:12 PM
CaaS
This all makes perfect sense. As enterprises are digitally transforming, so too are criminal enterprises.

After the spam-industry bust some years ago, all these hackers and cybercriminals with botnets thousands and tens of thousands strong needed SOMETHING to do with their resources. Thus, these "services."
DHorse2
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9/2/2019 | 7:20:06 PM
Re: CaaS Best practices business models?
There's quite mix of players isn't there? It seems reasonable to say many are low cost innovators even. Actually solid business practices was the MAFIA's secrect. I remain curious how that applies today. A mixed bag I am sure. Here again a malicious creativty again involving ongoing research. This has a long history. Humans huh? Sucks. It's just new waves of technology layered on old but all the old tricks continue in parallel. This applies to our best and worst traits.
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