A closer look at cybercrime as a service on the dark web
The cybercrime industry cost the world three trillion dollars in 2015 and it is predicted that this amount will rise to six trillion by 2021, according to this 2018 Cybersecurity Ventures post. When we say cost, we are talking about all the expenses incurred in the aftermath of an incident. In a ransomware attack, for example, it is not only the payment of the ransom that counts, but also all the costs of the subsequent loss of productivity, improvements to security policies, investments in technology, and damage to the company’s image, just to name a few.
Of course, we know that cybercrime as a service is nothing new. The criminals offer their products or infrastructure on the black market for a price. But what do they offer and how much does it cost? We spent some time browsing the dark web to find the answers to these questions.
Ransomware as a service
A wide range of ransomware packages are on sale on the dark web, just as if it were the sale of legal software. Updates, technical support, access to C&C servers, and a range of payment plans are some of the features on offer.