INNOPOLIS, April 7. /TASS/. Russian-speaking hackers became leaders in creation of Trojans for personal computers (PCs) in 2016, Sergey Zolotukhin, Business Development Manager of Group-IB, said at the Russian Internet Governance Forum.
Group-IB specializes in investigation of computer crimes.
The expert stressed that creation of malware has now turned into a business: it is developed for sale and the purchased Trojans are used by different groups around the world.
"Russian-speaking hackers, not Russian, but Russian-speaking, are involved in development of 16 of the 19 Trojans for personal computers, which are most commonly used for cyberattacks," Zolotukhin said, referring to the annual report of Group-IB.
At the same time, the crime has become a service, Zolotukhin stressed.
"In order to mount an attack, you do not need to write a new code, create a new botnet - it can be rented for a week, two, three. This malware is written, sold and after that someone uses it to conduct attacks, someone "leases" these people, " the expert added.
Moreover, the Group-IB study shows that some of the illegally obtained money hackers invest in Research and Development.
"It (the shadow market - TASS) grows roughly in proportion to the number of attacks. Our research shows that 20-30% of the revenues criminals raise from cybercrimes are invested into research and development, they invest in themselves, in new attacks," Zolotukhin said.