Source Code For Financial Malware Is Up For Sale At A Very Low Price, Researchers Say

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 13:49
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Source Code For Financial Malware Is Up For Sale At A Very Low Price, Researchers Say

The source code for a malicious banking Trojan program is being offered for sale on the underground market at a very affordable price, which could result in additional financial malware being developed in the future.

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This kind of story always seems strange to me: hackers are out there selling their wares on the open market. But IDG News Service is a credible news outlet. As if the story is not weird enough, the name of the malware is Carberp, after the gang who invented it and used it to break into banks across Europe as well as some in the U.S.
 
I’m not trying to scare anyone, but it’s good for advisors to know that Carberp exists.
 
“A person believed to be a member of the Carberp gang announced on an underground forum that he’s willing to sell the source code for the Trojan program and its additional components for US$5,000,” reports IDG, quoting researchers from Russian cybercrime investigations firm Group-IB. “That’s a very low price, considering that earlier this year the Carberp gang was offering the builder application that can be used to generate customized copies of the Trojan program for $40,000. Compiled-to-order variants of the malware were also being offered on a monthly subscription-based model with prices ranging between $2000 and $10,000 depending on the number of additional modules included.”

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