back to article Malware writer offers free trojan to hackers ... with one small drawback

Those looking on the dark web for malware capable of hijacking computers might have thought they were getting a bargain when a free trojan appeared on various online souks over the past few months. The malware generator, dubbed the Cobian remote access trojan (RAT) by researchers at security shop Zscaler, is a fairly elemental …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Oh dear...

    Does their code of conduct allow this? Call up the governance committee!

  2. fidodogbreath Silver badge

    No such thing as a free lunch

    Honestly, I expected the story to be that the "free" trojan also pwned the machines of the aspiring botnet builders who downloaded it.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: No such thing as a free lunch

      Presumably they have nothing worth stealing. Except their botnets.

      Would anyone smart enough to acquire money be using free dark web hacking tools? These guys are the intellectual equivalent of lottery players.

      1. fidodogbreath Silver badge

        Re: No such thing as a free lunch

        Except their botnets.

        "All your bot are belong to us."

    2. RLyons

      Re: No such thing as a free lunch

      Hey, a free piece of malware I can use! What could possibly go wrong?

  3. Mystic Megabyte


    I presume that this crap only affects Windows machines. Bad reporting!

    1. rmason

      Re: bleugh

      What on earth does that have to do with it?

      Yes, we know that malware authors tend to write things that target the most popular OS on the planet. we know. I'm not sure how that qualifies as a 'fail' or as bad reporting though, because that is not the story here, and has no bearing on the story.

      The story is about scumbags ripping off/misleading other scumbags.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Re: bleugh

        "What on earth does that have to do with it?"

        It's always amusing watching the reporter manage to not mention the platform, unless it's Android or Apple.

    2. patrickstar

      Re: bleugh

      There has been a number of conceptually similar things for Linux, actually.

      The most successful one was probably a trojaned SSH exploit that was also a file infector (Virus for Linux! Unpossible!111oneone) and remote backdoor.

  4. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    If you can't trust shadowy dark-net purveyors of hacking tools

    Who can you trust ?

    1. Swiss Anton

      Re: If you can't trust shadowy dark-net purveyors of hacking tools

      "Who can you trust ?"


  5. Cyberhash

    Satan Says

    Play with fire and you shall get burned, or if you are lucky just sizzled .............

  6. Anonymous South African Coward Silver badge

    The dark side is strong with this one.

  7. nijam


    I suspect you might mean "elementary".

  8. Aodhhan

    Once again... more examples showing why script kiddies and lazy people will never rule the world.

  9. Why Not?

    No honour amongst thieves - shocking!

  10. aks Bronze badge

    Why on earth are you assuming that this is a super crafty criminal rather than being state-sponsored?

    My first assumption is that {pick from the list} is not only using these low-level hackers to spread the toolkit but also building a list of who they are.

    Once the toolkit is widespread enough, it will have crept into many dark corners. Why do all the hard work yourself?

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