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Will The Real Hacker Please Stand Up?

A long time ago, I wrote about Tipping Point and friends, whose business is selling exploits. Today I read that

Underground hackers are hawking zero-day exploits for Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system at $50,000 a pop, according to computer security researchers at Trend Micro.

Presumably I’m supposed to think this is somehow different from (and, naturally, far, far worse than) established businesses hawking zero-day exploits at God-knows-what a pop? Can someone explain why?

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  1. […] wails Terri Forslof of zero-day vendor, TippingPoint. I don’t know, Terri, but I’ve been wondering how you figure that out for some time. Companies like TippingPoint and VeriSign’s iDefense both pass along details of vulnerabilities they buy to the affected software vendors, and both withhold public disclosure of the flaws until the vendor has shipped a “patch” to plug the security holes. […]

    Pingback by Ben Laurie: Hypocrisy in the Exploit Market | Server software — 13 Jul 2007 @ 19:28

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