back to article Trustwave: Here's how to earn $84,000 A MONTH as a blackhat

Exploit kit traders and ransomware slingers are in one of the most profitable industries in the world, landing a whopping 1,425 percent profit margin for raiding legitimate trade. Figures from infosec firm Trustwave show the blackhats who are enjoying what appears to be a current boom can score outrageous amounts of money by …

  1. TonyJ Silver badge

    Who says crime doesn't pay?

    1. LucreLout Silver badge

      Yes, quite, but when that truism was first used, we had this old fashioned notion of sending criminals to jail. Averaging out the ill-gotten gains over 24 hours per day for 365 days per year used to reduce the hourly rate a little.

      1. Little Mouse
        Coat

        Plus, the article only refers to pre-tax figures.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Facepalm

          Seriously?

          Tax?

          1. auburnman

            Re: Seriously?

            Why not? It's how they got Capone...

          2. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Seriously?

            Well, how else are you gonna buy nice things with all that dirty money? Convert it to 'legitimate income' by paying taxes on it.

            It's an old open secret that Uncle Sam loves money launderers, banksters, arms dealers, drug runners. One big happy family.

  2. Anonymous Blowhard

    Investing in crime

    Looks like banks and other investors should be looking at "alternative" industries for high-return-on-investment; just make sure the business plan uses an appropriate description:

    Leisure Pharmaceuticals

    Combined Employment & Travel Agency

    Pre-emptive IT Services

    Freelance Ballistics Importer

    Payday Lender

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    In the wrong business?

    Thes returns are almost as good as those of the major banksters.

  4. fajensen Silver badge

    Is there a Kickstarter for that?

    I kind-off like the idea of investing in a hacking campaign, like the old days with Spanish galleons and a "letter of marque".

  5. auburnman
    Trollface

    It's almost as if someone at Trustwave is subconsciously willing IT professionals to go rogue as vengeance on the masses for years in HellDesk trenches somewhere...

    "That’s an exceptional, albeit unethical and illegal, investment," NUDGE NUDGE WINK WINK

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