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Submission + - Meet The Hackers Who Get Rich Selling Spies Zero-Day Exploits (forbes.com)

Sparrowvsrevolution writes: Forbes profiles Vupen, a French security firm that openly sells secret software exploits to spies and government agencies. Its customers pay a $100,000 annual fee simply for the privilege of paying extra fees for the exploits that Vupen's hackers develop, which the company says can penetrate every major browser, as well as other targets like iOS, Android, Adobe Reader and Microsoft Word. Those individually fees often cost much more than that six-figure subscription, and Vupen sells them non-exclusively to play its customers off each other in an espionage arms race. The company's CEO Chaouki Bekrar says Vupen only sells to NATO governments and "NATO partners" but he admits "“if you sell weapons to someone, there’s no way to ensure that they won’t sell to another agency.”

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