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Dark web sellers trade hacking weaponries that target businesses


A significant increase is noticed numerically in the names of malicious software along with other hacking weaponries on the dark web that target businesses. At the same time more and more illegal vendors are promoting weaponries created for attacking specific industries.


Dr. Mike McGuire, senior lecturer in Criminology at the University of Surrey has conducted a research that shows 4 vendors on the Dark Web out of every ten as offering hacking services for a price to target Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 enterprises. Dr. McGuire found certain Dark Web listings for services and information which included open sale of access to big businesses' PC-networks. When his research team approached 60 percent of vendors they were found providing access to over ten business PC-networks.


Dr. McGuire also the study's author in an interview to ZDNet said he was surprised at what a range of malware was obtainable which targeted business organizations; there was also operational data in connection with large businesses.


The cyber-criminals seemingly cultivated sophistication and awareness for aiming at the big target, for aiming entities rich in capital, and like any criminal they got it all from the enterprise, as well as easily whenever wanted.


McGuire along with the researchers communicated with some thirty traders on the underground markets - at times by e-mail, at times through encrypted channels, and at times on forums- and their findings are put down in detail within a report entitled "Behind the Dark Net Black Mirror." www.ZDnet.com posted this, June 6, 2019.


According to senior director of cyber-security Nathan Wenzler with Moss Adams, as customized MaaS (malware-as-a-service) increases, it merely implies that malware writers' commercialization is automatically evolving. There is also a growing industrialization of Internet-based criminal operations, with the two-end parties behaving as conducting lawful business transactions. www.darkreading.com posted this, June 6, 2019.


Whilst hackers leave no sector short of targeting, the report found that dark web traders targeted finance and banking the maximum. Accordingly, 35% malevolent tools were designed for particularly targeting banks; while 20% accounted for targeting e-commerce. Malware tools vis-à-vis media, education and healthcare targets too were prominently touted.


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