Cybercrime's Free Market

It will cost you $700 to build a botnet from scratch, but only $2 to rent one for about an hour, according to a new report.

In Trend Micro's report Russian Underground 101 examples such as this are common. The "black market" has apparently stabilized, with a handful of groups controlling prices for viruses and malware.

According to, Rik Ferguson, Trend Micro's director of security research and communications, said Russia's cybercrime market is "very much a well-established market." He says: "It's very mature. It's been in place for quite some time. There are people offering niche services, and every niche is catered for." Russia is one of the major centers of cybercrime, alongside other nations like China and Brazil ("the spiritual home of banking malware").