Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a new and dangerous problem; after some recent investigations have been made, it seems that malware on the Dark Web is increasingly being customized to target specific organizations and executives.
Today, there is literally no doubt that online criminal activity has become industrialized. This happens because like in any other business, once you’ve reached that point of creating a product, which in this case is malware, the next logical step is to provide the equivalent of professional services to your customers.
More and more malicious services offered on the Dark Web are becoming something that can be comparable with precision arms.
This new researches, clearly illustrates that 4 in 10 Dark Web vendors are now orientated into selling targeted hacking services aimed at FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies.
Nowadays, sites and messaging portals on the Dark Web have become top places for hackers seeking and selling custom-built and highly targeted malware. In other words, if you want to target a particular industry, company, or executive, it doesn’t take long to find hackers that are willing to help you, on the Dark Web.
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
This new trend and rise of the customized malware-as-a-service is nothing more than the natural evolution of the commercialization of malware creators, researchers say.
What we’re witnessing now on the Dark Web sites is nothing more than the inevitable consequence of the cyber market maturity and evolution.
As a result of these recent findings, cyber specialists must now focus on specific pieces of the malware supply chain, such as password theft, memory attacks, ransomware, and selling personal data in bulk.
But probably the most important thing here is the cold truth that the Dark Web is not so dark anymore and have become something like Amazon, relying on building ‘good’ reputations with high-quality stolen data, and cyber weapons.
The biggest risk of the existence of the malware sold “as-a-service” is that it now takes much less expertise to launch a relatively sophisticated attack.
That price, for such a service, is now ranged from $150 for a simple piece of malware to more than $1,500 for software designed to target specific ATMs. Besides the malware services, the encrypted messaging services like Telegraph are frequently used as the medium for support. But let’s not forget that in the past and even today, some malware networks have communicated completely in the clear over YouTube, Instagram, or other social network comments.
The conclusion is this: nowadays hacker groups have automated much of the malware creation and management processes, to the point of creating custom cyber attacks for a higher price in order to increase their financial gains.
We would continue to monitor this cybersecurity problem. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.