The cyber security company TrustWave, set out to answer an interesting question: how much money does a hacker make?
Considering the fact that cybercrime is booming, the answer to this question can shed light on one of the main reasons hackers do what they do – money! Lots of it!
The 2015 Trustwave Global Security Report did just that. It documented that attackers launching a malware infection campaign could expect to earn a breathtaking 1,425% return on investment (ROI) - or $84,000 in revenue - over 30 days.
The researchers accounted for four primary attack ingredients widely available for sale in underground web forums - and then what their cost would be to purchase and use over a month. It turns out that cybercrime really pays.