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DDoS Kits Become More Common, So DDoS Assaults Get Simpler, Says Trustwave

According to researchers from Trustwave a security company, cyber-criminals, these days, do not require creating their own malicious software for, ready-made toolkits are easily available for purchase with which they can execute DDoS assaults, thus reported betanews.com dated July 22, 2014.

After doing some survey, Trustwave figured out that cyber-criminals do not even require borrowing money from bank for making the purchase as malware prices are even lower than before. These prices can be just $200, while the toolkits offered at black can come in quite sophisticated versions, states the security company.

Trustwave's study further shows that computer hijackers are currently trading Neutrino Bot a do-it-yourself (DIY) malware toolkit with which huge volumes of PCs can be contaminated, a botnet created as well as DDoS assaults launched on websites or utility portals whenever the crooks wish.

Meanwhile, at a price of USD500 (294 pounds), hackers are trading BetaBot 1.6, one RAT (Remote Access Trojan) to execute DDoS assaults followed with seizing sensitive information such as passwords or data files being worked with on infected machines.

And whilst it may sound shocking how cheap malware kits are today, it doesn't surprise Threat Intelligence Manager Karl Sigler of Trustwave.

According to him, the malware market is affected via demand and supply factors just as any other market. No matter how high demand is, a growing volume of malware that rival amongst one another aids in keeping the cost low. Moreover, a cost-efficacy factor too plays. Cyber-criminals assess the amount they can reap through their sale of stolen data obtained via employing a malware kit. Lastly, there's an age factor i.e. if a malware remains available for long its price gets cheaper, explains Sigler. Betanews.com reported this dated July 23, 2014.

Moreover, it is very easy to reach for these kits. Sigler says it is no hard task getting reach of black markets. One can get them over Tor while web-links for the same can be shared via publicly accessible hacker sites. Malware types that are most popular are banker trojans similar as Gameover ZeuS and RATs (Remote Administration Toolkits), the expert notes.

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