We have recently spotted a newly launched, competing E-shop, once again selling access to hacked PCs worldwide, based on malware ‘executions’. However, this time, there’s no limit to the use of (competing) bot killers, meaning that the botnet master behind the service has a higher probability of achieving market efficiency compared to their “colleague.” Additionally, the botnet master won’t have to manually verify the presence of bot killers and will basically aim to sell access to as many hacked PCs as possible.
On the majority of occasions, Cybercrime-as-a-Service vendors will sell access to malware-infected hosts to virtually anyone who pays for them, without bothering to know what happens once the transaction takes place.
A newly launched E-shop for malware-infected hosts, however, has introduced a novel approach for calculating the going rate for the hacked PCs. Basically, they’re selling actual malicious binary “executions” on the hosts that the vendor is managing, instead of just selling access to them.
A diversified international underground market proposition? Check. A novel approach to monetize malware-infected hosts? Not at all. Let’s profile the actual market proposition, and discuss in-depth why its model is flawed by design.
Thanks to the success of multiple botnet aggregating malicious campaigns launched in the wild, cybercriminals are launching malware-infected-hosts — also known as loads — as a service type of underground market propositions, in an attempt to monetize the botnet’s infected population by selling “partitioned” access to it.
How much does it cost to buy a thousand US-based malware infected hosts? What about hosts based in the European Union? Let’s find out. In this post, I’ll profile a newly launched underground service offering access to thousands of malware-infected hosts to virtually anyone who’s willing to pay the price.