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Hackers get paid BIG bucks

Postby Richard-TX » Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:03 am

I am in the wrong business....
http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenbe ... -exploits/

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/hacker-secu ... 14585.html

"Finding the right vulnerability and selling it as a zero-day exploit to the right person could be just as lucrative as a lucky draw in the lottery. Forbes is running an article in which a middle-man is hooking up hackers with "government agencies" that are willing to pay $250,000 for a vulnerability - and possibly more. Apparently, a dozen of such deals were struck in 2011 and if this author's math is right, about five dozen deals may go down through this one individual this year.

According to the article and security middleman "the Grugq", an Adobe Reader issue can bring up to $30,000, a MacOS X vulnerability up to $50,000, and an Android exploit up to $60,000. Flash or java will take you to $100,000, Word to $100,000, Windows to $120,000, Firefox or safari to $150,000, Chrome or IE to $200,000 and iOS to $250,000. iOS jailbreaks can also get quite a bit of money - apparently, agencies are ready to pay a quarter million dollars for the exclusive rights to a stack...."

A six-figure price for a single hacking technique may sound extravagant, but it’s hardly unique. Based on speaking with sources in this secretive but legal trade, I’ve assembled a rough price list for zero-day exploits below.

Who’s paying these prices? Western governments, and specifically the U.S.
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