Targeted Espionage-as-a-Service Takes Hold on the Dark Web
One in four underground merchants offer advanced hacking services, once reserved for APTs and well-funded organized crime gangs.
The cybercrime underground has become a service-driven, on-demand economy, including making available targeted corporate espionage services. According to an analysis, about 40 percent of Dark Web merchants offer spearphishing-as-a-service and targeted hacking services, aimed at infiltrating Fortune 500 businesses and other high-value targets.
Typically reserved for well-resourced organized cybercrime gangs and APTs, these types of services are putting big fish on the radar for less experienced hackers, according to Mike McGuire, senior lecturer in criminology at the University of Surrey in the UK. His analysis, carried out in conjunction with Bromium and based on covert discussions with Dark Web vendors and picking the brains of law enforcement, shows that the underground has become a haven for such wares […]