Why Companies Like Google And Facebook Pay Hackers Millions
Research by the University of Surrey Department of Criminology found that most of the specialized services, access tools and malware offered on the dark web are in high demand among the corporate sector..
In the course of the investigation, a group of experts maintained secret correspondence with shady suppliers, and also analyzed data obtained from law enforcement agencies and the government. As a result, it was found that 40% of targeted hacking services are sold to representatives of large companies, and over the past two years, the range of products has increased by 20%.
Nearly one in two hackers openly offers access to more than 10 Fortune 500 or FTSE 100 corporate networks. Almost all vendors had tailored versions of malware available for specific programs and industries, but as the attack’s specialization grew, so did the price. The most expensive targets are financial companies and banks.
The most expensive product on offer was a $ 1,500 ATM-specific program, and access to a stolen account sold for $ 2..
Such services usually come with hacking tariff plans ranging from $ 150 to $ 10,000. Remote access methods also differ: from hacking an account and launching a Trojan to exploiting security vulnerabilities.
One of the solutions to the problem was suggested researchers from the University of Cambridge who presented the concept a new type of money that cannot be counterfeited, hacked or stolen because it is based on the principles of quantum physics.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Shutterstock