dollar-signEarlier this month we introduced the sale of zero-day exploits. The Zero-day exploit trade is a new market; increasingly becoming larger each day, giving hackers an incentive to exchange perfectly legal, but secretive zero-day exploited information for a substantially greater commission than if they were to report the flaws or take on consulting positions.

Forbes’ estimated price list of zero-day exploits ranges from $5,000 – $250,000.  Pricing is based on the complexity, modernization, and how widely the target software is used.  Interestingly enough, Apple’s IOS falls in the highest price range.

It is clear that vulnerabilities carry a high price tag and many countries and hacker groups would like to purchase them.  To keep yourself safe, don’t rely only on a vendor’s security.  Create multiple layers of defense and audit activity on your equipment.