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Botmaster: It's All About Infecting, Selling Big Batches of Bots
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 21 August 2009 12:15
Undercover Cisco researcher told the going rate for a single bot is 10- to 25 cents

Aug 20, 2009 | 04:13 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins

Researchers at Cisco recently got a rare glimpse of the inner workings of the botnet underworld after going undercover and meeting an actual botmaster online: the botmaster, who ran a botnet that had infected dozens of machines at a Cisco customer site, said his main job is to compromise a few thousand machines and then sell them off in bulk.

He told a Cisco researcher posing as a fellow botmaster that the market rate for a bot is between 10 cents to 25 cents per machine, and that he recently made $800 off of a sale of 10,000 bots.

But that rate is likely a moving target, says Joe Dallatore, senior manager in Cisco's security research and operations group. "At this point we have a snapshot [in time]" of the botnet market rate, Dallatore says. "There is an economy for these things, and it changes over time this is a form of commerce, with supply and demand."DarkReading                             [Comments...]
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