Finjan’s Research Unveils Botnet Trading Platform for Hacked PCs

June 17, 2009

SAN JOSE, California, June 17 /PRNewswire/ — Finjan Inc., a leader in
secure web gateway products and the provider of a unified web security
solution for the enterprise market, today announced that its Malicious Code
Research Center (MCRC) managed to research a trading network and botnet,
where compromised PCs are bought and sold for profit. In the second issue of
its “Cybercrime Intelligence Report” of 2009, Finjan shows the operations of
the Golden Cash network consisting of an entire trading platform of
malware-infested PCs. The trading platform utilizes all necessary components
(buyer side, seller side, attack toolkit, and distribution via “partners”).
This advanced trading platform marks a new milestone in the cybercrime

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By turning compromised PCs from a one-time source of profit into a
digital asset that can be bought and sold again and again, cybercriminals are
maximizing their illegal gains.

    The cybercrime intelligence report covers the following:

    - On the buyer side of the trading platform, batches of 1,000
    malware-infected PCs can be purchased for $5 up to $100; depending on

    - Partners are paid for successfully distributing the bot and
    collecting FTP-credentials of legitimated websites through the infected

    - On the seller side of the trading platform, cybercriminals
    sell batches of 1,000 malware-infected PCs for $25 up to $500

    - Compromised malware infected PCs may be infected with
    additional malware each time they are purchased by a new "owner"

    - For attacks and exploitations, an exploit toolkit with
    obfuscated code and the Trojan Zalupko attack toolkit are provided

“As reported by Finjan before, cybercriminals keep on looking for
improved methods to generate profit. In addition to stealing data and selling
them on, they now also trade compromised PCs to as many buyers, sellers and
partners as possible. Looking at the list of compromised PCs we found, it is
clear that no individual, corporate or governmental PC is safe,” said Yuval
, CTO of Finjan.

In the report released today, Finjan also indicates how organizations can
detect and deal with infections, and how they can prevent their corporate PCs
from being compromised and turned into bots.

    To download the report, please visit


Technical analysis is provided on Finjan’s MCRC blog post at

About MCRC

Finjan’s MCRC (http://www.finjan.com/SecurityLab.aspx?id=547) specializes
in the detection, analysis and research of web threats, including Crimeware,
Web 2.0 attacks, Trojans and other forms of malware. Our goal is to be steps
ahead of hackers and cybercriminals, who are attempting to exploit flaws in
computer platforms and applications for their profit. In order to protect our
customers from the next Crimeware wave and emerging malware and attack
vectors, Finjan MCRC is a driving force behind the development of Finjan’s
next generation of security technologies used in our unified Secure Web
Gateway (http://www.finjan.com/secure_web_gateway.aspx) solutions. For more
information please also visit our info center
(http://www.finjan.com/Content.aspx?id=827) and blog

About Finjan

Secure Gateway provides organizations with a unified web security
solution combining productivity, liability and bandwidth control via URL
categorization, content caching and applications control technologies.
Crimeware, malware and data leakage are proactively prevented via patented
active real-time content inspection technologies and optional anti-virus
modules. Powerful central management enables intuitive task-based policy
management, excellent drill-down reporting capabilities and easy directory
integration for all network implementation options. By integrating several
security engines in a single dedicated appliance, Finjan’s comprehensive and
integrated web security solution enables quick deployment, simplified
management and reduction of costs. Business benefits include real-time web
security (no patches or updates needed), lower total cost of ownership (TCO),
cost savings in administration efforts, lower maintenance costs, and
reduction in loss of productivity. Finjan’s security solutions have received
industry awards and recognition from leading analyst houses and publications,
including Gartner, IDC, Butler Group, SC Magazine, eWEEK, CRN, ITPro, PCPro,
ITWeek, Network Computing, and Information Security. With Finjan’s
award-winning and widely used solutions, businesses can focus on implementing
web strategies to realize their full organizational and commercial potential.
For more information about Finjan, please visit: http://www.finjan.com.

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European Patent EP 0 965 094 B1 and U.S. Patents No. 6092194, 6154844,
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