[governance] What keeps cybercrime in the world moving

Fouad Bajwa fouadbajwa at gmail.com
Thu Mar 22 16:33:06 EDT 2012

I just caught this piece off slashdot and it shows something that we
have heard a lot about in the past within the technology guru
community that half of the world's malicious software is made on
purpose to keep the world going for many others. An important aspect
here is that this process is led as a profession and

Sparrowvsrevolution writes
"Forbes profiles Vupen, a French security firm that openly sells
secret software exploits to spies and government agencies. Its
customers pay a $100,000 annual fee simply for the privilege of paying
extra fees for the exploits that Vupen's hackers develop, which the
company says can penetrate every major browser, as well as other
targets like iOS, Android, Adobe Reader and Microsoft Word. Those
individual fees often cost much more than that six-figure
subscription, and Vupen sells them non-exclusively to play its
customers off each other in an espionage arms race. The company's CEO,
Chaouki Bekrar, says Vupen only sells to NATO governments and 'NATO
partners' but he admits 'if you sell weapons to someone, there's no
way to ensure that they won't sell to another agency.'"

Source: http://it.slashdot.org/story/12/03/21/1855202/meet-the-hackers-who-get-rich-selling-spies-zero-day-exploits


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