If the relatively cheap, easily available, and totally reliable Blackhole exploit kit is the Toyota Camry of exploit kits, then the Cool exploit kit is the Lexus LS: both kits are reportedly developed by the same crew, but the latter is astronomically more expensive and presumably loaded with better features. Read More ..
A Russian cybercriminal operating under the pseudonym ‘Puanch’ is responsible for both kits, according to security reporter Brian Krebs. This may seem a shaky business model, like opening two gas stations across the street from one another, but it’s not. Affordably priced at $50 a day, $500 a month, or $1,5000 a year, Blackhole is cheap and within reach of most attackers. The Cool exploit kit on the other hand is anything but cheap.
Krebs spoke to ‘Paunch’ via instant message and Paunch confirmed that he did indeed develop the Cool kit, and went on to claim that he charges an incredible $10,000 monthly fee for criminals seeking to use it.