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A New Cyber Arms Dealer

Cyber arms dealers are on the rise

By Kevin Coleman — DefenseTech Cyber Warfare Correspondent

Late last week, The Iranian Cyber Army (ICA), a hacking group, announced it would join dozens of others and become a Cyber Arms Dealer. They intend to sell/rent botnets for spamming and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. ICA boasts of successful attacks against social networking web site like Twitter and others. This is far from the first time malicious code or DDoS capabilities that are being sold online and it surely will not be the last. Back in the spring of 2010 an advertisement was stumbled across that offered DDoS services. The advertisement stated that those offering the service would DDoS a web site for a 24 hour period for as little as the equivalent of $600 USD. It should be noted that the ICA and other officials seem to have gone out of their way to make it know the announcement is in no way related to the recent Stuxnet incident. Cyber Intelligence analysts are skeptical of that claim.

Intelligence sources acknowledge their suspicion that the ICA is connected to and influenced by the Iranian government. In the past few months these suspicions have increased after the political messages by the ICA and official statements made by a government administrator of Iran’s aviation industry defending the ICA and its actions were made publicly. Based on known activities, the ICA has a threat rating of 3.75 on a scale of 1 being low and 5 being high.

This announcement clearly indicates the further maturing of the cyber weapons marketplace which concerns security professionals in business, government and the military. What many find troubling is that with the increase in cyber arms dealers, competition among those dealers is increasing driving down prices and demanding innovative cyber weapons designs.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Polor November 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Why are these Iranian morans even allowed the internet in their country? Is there really no way to simply ban Iran from being able yo use it?


blight November 1, 2010 at 7:02 pm

You can by cutting off the fiberoptic links between Iran and the rest of the world. This screws the dissidents who try to use internet resources overseas to organize (as those resources can't be subpoenaed for information by some Revolutionary court)


Wilpoop November 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

Moran? If you want to talk about Morons, learn how to spell.


Marvel November 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm

It's called collective punishment, and it's f'd up.


Philo November 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm

LOL This whole thing is probably run by the cops, like the last giant cyber "black market"…


blight November 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I don't trust it. Iranians could probably buy the services of say, Russian hackers. Any Iranian Cyber Army is likely to hide in the shadows rather than work as guns-for-hire.


Kevin November 2, 2010 at 8:46 am

Just so we are clear, the Iranian Cyber Army (ICA) is a hacking group not part of Iran's military.


Will November 2, 2010 at 9:44 am

We could use a little more detail on "official statements made by a government administrator of Iran’s aviation industry defending the ICA and its actions were made publicly", but this sounds like a declaration of support of a criminal organization. They should be made to choose between Interpol find these guys or getting hit with more sanctions.


kim November 2, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Don't be sorry; there's usually a strong connection between the quality of spelling and the wisdom of the message.


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