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Windows 7: U.S. government tops list of malware buyers


15 May 2013   #1

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U.S. government tops list of malware buyers

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While vocally and repeatedly tying all kinds of discovered cyber attacks to Chinese hackers, the U.S. has quietly been working on their own cyber offensive capabilities - so much so that the U.S. government has become the biggest buyer of zero-day security vulnerabilities and the tools that exploit them, reports Reuters.
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15 May 2013   #2

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Makes sense to me. Buy the programs and then figure out a way to stop them from working against your systems.
I would also send the men in black suites if necessary with painted faces to take care of the creator.
After a short period of time the desire to make such programs would dry up. Dust to dust.
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16 May 2013   #3

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX Maverick
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Makes sense to me. Buy the programs and then figure out a way to stop them from working against your systems.
I would also send the men in black suites if necessary with painted faces to take care of the creator.
After a short period of time the desire to make such programs would dry up. Dust to dust.
Nice idea Bear; however, that's not the intent of purchasing the exploits...

It's more likely an ROI based decision, after the Stuxnet and Flame worms, in addition to having the origin of the code pointing to somewhere else. There are number of legal companies that actually support this market...
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16 May 2013   #4
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Our government! Paying for malware that most people get free. From the same people who paid $5000 for a hammer.
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16 May 2013   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Our government! Paying for malware that most people get free. From the same people who paid $5000 for a hammer.
No argument on the hammer, but...

You don't get zero-day exploits nowadays for free, at least not in a package that includes the command and control center as well...
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