The Creator of Neutrino Has Decided to Sell His Malicious Creation
Softpedia.com reported on 3rd March, 2014 quoting self-proclaimed Security Researcher Trojan7Sec as saying "It has been reported that the author of Neutrino exploit kit targeting Java vulnerabilities has decided to sell his creation because of scarcity of time to deal with customer support, accepting payments and other activities which come with the territory."
Security researcher Kafeine discovered the above mentioned exploit kit (referring to Neutrino) last year which has been employed to install malicious software (or malware) on to victim's computer's freezing till a point that the distressed victim pays a fine which was supposedly imposed by US government agencies.
Trojan7Sec has reportedly contacted the author of exploit kit and found that he earns monthly profit ranging from $30,000 (Euro 21,800) to $60,000 (Euro 43,600).
The exploit kit is allegedly being sold at price of $34,000 (Euro 26,700) which includes client base.
He believes that Neutrino is a good exploit kit but the client base of 66-132 range is most likely the bulk value of the price tag.
The cost of administration of servers and domains is approximately $3,000 (Euro 2,180).
Trojan7Sec has been monitoring Neutrino domains live and found their number dropping.
However, researchers claim that this is not ordinary.
Infosecurity published a report on 4th March, 2014 quoting David Harley, ESET Senior Research Fellow as saying "It could make a sense as customer support, financial administration etc. are very likely to be the part of it."
He explained sarcastically, "It reflects similar issue in the security industry: customer support is a major expense for anti-malware vendors due to which they don't normally provide one-to-one support for free products. It is common for software developers to cash in on their products and move on to something new. Surely, it would be wrong to assume that a malware author is disclosing everything he does...."
Infosecurity published a report on 4th March, 2014 quoting Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs as saying "he might not take risk of his freedom and wants to sell and forget about this business because he feels that law enforcement is getting close."
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