How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Botnet, or Hack a Facebook Account?

By Sam Gibbs on at

Have you ever wanted to cause havoc on the internet but not had the skills, or the inclination to do it yourself? Russia has the answer, because you can hire yourself a botnet at just £1.20 an hour, or pretty much do any other hacking task, including breaching a Facebook or Twitter account, and all you need is a little bit of money.

It seems you can pretty much do anything you want thanks to the Russian cyber crime specialists. Want to spam out one million emails? That'll be £6.20 please. How about hacking into a Gmail account (£100), a Facebook or Twitter account (£80), or targeting your arch nemesis with a DDoS attack (£19-£43 per day)? No problem. If you've got the money, anything's possible.

In fact, it's amazing what you can buy on the Russian underground, scarily including 'legal' passports, so it's well worth checking out Wired's full rundown of the Trend Micro report. Anything there take your fancy for less than a Nexus 7? [Wired]

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