Threat Actors Discuss Leasing Zero-Day Exploits

Threat Actors Discuss Leasing Zero-Day Exploits

Ransomware gangs can now afford to pay as much as $10m for zero-day exploits, but for those without the money, developers have discussed renting out malicious code, according to Digital Shadows.

The threat intelligence firm’s new report ⁠–⁠ Vulnerability Intelligence, Do You Know Where Your Flaws Are? ⁠–⁠ is based on a detailed analysis of the cybercrime underground.

It confirmed that ransomware actors are now wealthy enough to compete with state-backed operatives in buying zero-days.

“These prices can appear enormous but there‘s a key aspect to keep in mind. Whatever legitimate bug bounty programs offer — and we’ve often seen them offering multimillion-dollar bounties before ⁠–⁠ cyber-criminals must offer more in order to compete with them, given the risks (jail time) and additional requirements needed during illicit activity (i.e. money laundering),” the report claimed.

However, while there are easy pickings from exploiting exposed RDP appliances and phishing users, these actors are unlikely to spend big at present, it added.

For those without that kind of money, there’s another option ⁠–⁠ Digital Shadows also observed cyber-criminals discussing a potential “exploit-as-a-service” model.

“This model would allow capable threat actors to ‘lease’ zero-day exploits to other cyber-criminals to conduct

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