Cheap Botnets A Boon To Hackers

Friday May 28th 2010 by Staff

Hackers without great technical skills can rent a botnet for $9 per hour.

InformationWeek: According to a new report from iDefense, VeriSign’s security intelligence service, cybercriminals don't necessarily need a lot of technical expertise these days--they can just rent the tools to do their dirty work. The researchers found that you can rent an hour of time with a botnet to launch a DDoS, spam or phishing attack for just $9.

“Organizations need to be wary of the fact that their critical online applications or services could be taken down in under a day by a criminal renting services from bot herders,” said iDefense's Rick Howard.

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