Finjan Researchers Uncover Marketplace for Botnets
Researchers at Finjan outlined a sophisticated one-stop shop for cyber-criminals buying and trading in infected computers. Called Golden Cash, the network has been linked to the compromises of around 100,000 PCs and FTP credentials.Researchers at Finjan have put the spotlight on a one-stop shop in the marketplace for malware-infected machines. In Finjan's latest Cybercrime Intelligence Report for 2009, the company outlines the operations of the Golden Cash network, a one-stop shop trading platform for cyber-criminals trafficking in compromised PCs. While the sale of bots in the cyber-criminal underground is nothing new, the research shows the sophistication of the marketplace for compromised computers. Bringing together buyers and sellers of compromised PCs, Golden Cash is involved in every part of the process, from providing partners with attack toolkits to the actual sale and purchase of machines.
On the buyer side of things, batches of 1,000 malware-infected PCs can be purchased for between $5 and $100, depending on the territory/country. Partners are paid for successfully distributing the bot and collecting FTP credentials of legitimated Websites through the infected machines.