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Daniel ~ 20th July, 2006 10:41 PM

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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Gizmo 21st July, 2006 12:08 AM

Bugs have value to the Bad Guys. That's a fact of life. If we want to resolve the issue, we need to learn how to develop better software, not get mad at the guys who find them.

skool h8r 21st July, 2006 05:27 PM

What! i could make money if i find bugs! *cha-ching* ;)

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