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Old 20th July, 2006, 10:41 PM
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Dark Reading reports on Black Market bugs!

Bucks for Bugs


JULY 20, 2006 | The going rate for a good security bug can help an undergrad pay for tuition or a cash-strapped researcher put a down payment on a car. And that's just if he or she sells it to a legitimate security software firm, which pays anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 a bug.

The black market can be even more lucrative. A bad guy hacker can get $20,000 to $30,000 for a "weaponized" exploit, says David Maynor, senior researcher for SecureWorks. (See Getting Buggy with the MOBB.) "This is something that is pretty much fire-and-forget and wouldn't require much technical expertise to run," Maynor says.

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