Security

Starting at $40, hackers can attack your business with services bought on the dark web

Cybercrime across the dark web is not a new concept, but the low prices for doing so are. Here are the most popular attack vectors.

Cyberthreats and attacks are continuing to increase, according to a recent study by Positive Technologies. Major cyberincidents have increased by 32% between Q1 2017 and Q1 2018, according to another Positive Technologies post. Through their analysis, the organization found that the rise in attacks can be attributed to ready-made malware.

Positive Technologies then analyzed 25 dark web sites to examine the costs of cybercrime services across the darkweb—from simple to more complex attacks.

SEE: IT leader's guide to the Dark Web (Tech Pro Research)

With remote desktop protocol (RDP) access to businesses being sold on the dark web for 10 bucks, users have already seen how easily they can be compromised. However, the inexpensive hacking tacts don't stop at RDP—and some of them are shockingly low.

Here are the costs of different cybercrime services, according to Positive Technologies:

  • Hacking email: $40
  • DDoS attack: $50
  • Hacking website: $150
  • Stealing payment data $270
  • Infecting with Trojan for mining: $300
  • Infecting with ransomware Trojan: $750
  • Stealing from ATM: $1,500
  • Targeted attack: $4,500

Starting at $40, hackers can infiltrate a business' email and steal sensitive information. With the price of attacks starting so low, cybercrime isn't directed only at big business. Some 71% of SMBs are not prepared for cybersecurity risks, and with how cheap it is to attack, they need to shore up their defenses. SMBs can begin by conducting detailed digital risk assessments—check out this article for more tips on how SMBs can protect themselves.

Big businesses aren't safe either. Since costs are so low, hackers could purchase multiple attack services to target large enterprises from different angles. If hackers can't afford the larger, more dangerous attacks, they can still do damage with a slew of smaller attacks. Don't know where to start? Turn to this article for questions to ask management about cybersecurity policies.

The big takeaways for tech leaders:

  • Cybercrime has increased on the dark web this past year, and ready-made malware is to blame. — Positive Technologies, 2018.
  • Hackers are now able to purchase attack vectors on the dark web for as little as $40, extending into the thousands of dollars. — Positive Technologies, 2018.

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About Macy Bayern

Macy Bayern is an Associate Staff Writer for TechRepublic. A recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin's Liberal Arts Honors Program, Macy covers tech news and trends.

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