Modern day hackers are increasingly showing the world that efforts made to secure systems and networks will at some point be in vain because of the success rates in infiltrating platforms assumed to be impenetrable.
With the requisite knowledge and tools, it is possible to bypass specific security features set up by the most prominent tech giants of our time.
As much as the targets have been set up by big tech companies, one does not need to have any coding skills or expertise in any given field to bypass the security.
All that they require is to identify specific loopholes that the security system cannot detect at that particular moment.
Aspiring Fraudsters Turning to the Dark Web
The popularity of the dark web is ever increasing because of the activities that happen within its confines. It is for this particular reason that individuals from all socioeconomic groups are searching it for a thing or two.
For aspiring fraudsters, it is a place to not only learn, but obtain various types of toolkits, tutorials and much more that may be of help in facilitating specific forms of cyber operations.
The vendors in the marketplaces cut across several categories, with each of them boasting that their product is among the best out there.
As this may or may not be the case, some are for the opinion that it is better to try it out and see how the whole process works.
With this in mind, several categories are of interest to wannabe online conmen.
The first is fraud, the second one is hacking and the last, but not least, is how-to guides.
It all depends on how the admins of any given marketplace have arranged the categories as they are not the same for every market.
How Fraudsters Benefit from Products in the Above Categories
So we analyze how individuals can use the products.
Guides are helpful in the sense that they give an individual insight into how certain operations are carried out.
The number of fraud guides put on sale varies, but all of them have a single effect which is fueling the level of cybercrime.
But sometimes, one ought to be careful not to buy outdated products.
After this, we come to the tools. These have been set up and developed in a manner that they can be used to orchestrate specific online operations.
At times, and depending on the activity, then one may be forced to use multiple toolkits simultaneously. If that does not happen, then the operation is bound to fail.
By looking at most of these products used by online fraudsters, you will notice that they have something in common.
Most of them are digital in the sense that they do not require to be shipped physically so, at times, they are on auto dispatch.
When they have been shipped, the buyer can get what they ordered through the inbox on the respective market or download it from a link, depending on how the vendor operates.
But in case of any issues, then the buyer can reach out to the seller to resolve them.
(To learn more how digital goods are shipped to the buyer, read this explanation.)
Cost of Products
Products in the different categories have their distinct prices. For basic guides and logins, they can go for as little as $2 in the darknet markets.
Then for vendors, the income earned from the sale of a guide is different from that of login information or credit card details, including expiration dates, which can be used only once before the owner realizes and files a dispute.
For illustration purposes, consider a guide which covers how a particular type of fraud or operation can occur—an unlimited number of people can read this specific tutorial as opposed to something like credit card information which is bound to expire or even get cancelled.
So guides which are the ultimate starter pack can be range from $2 to slightly more than $10 depending on the contents inside, and for those that contain more information, they fetch a higher price.
For hacking tools, the price will vary solely depending on its level of sophistication. Necessary tools such as those used to hack Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices may range between $2 to $3 USD, whereas keyloggers can go for less than $2.
Mostly, they are just software which is downloaded to the computer after the payment has been made.
However, when it calls for more complex undertaking, then more sophisticated devices are required which range from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.
Devices that can intercept telecommunication transmission can go for up to $38,000 whereas a malware used to steal Bitcoins can cost up to $25,000.
The prices of each of the products required by potential fraudsters will vary from one point to the other, but some vendors will sell it for a lesser amount than their competitors.
In situations where the task is demanding, then only specific vendors can offer a particular good or service, meaning that they have the monopoly.
In general, there are countless hacking tools that can serve different purposes going for different prices.
So, those who can set their hands on them and further learn how to use them can prove to be better hackers than people with excellent programming skills.
Why Are the Rates of Cyberattacks Increasing?
The intensity of attacks happening on various entities across is globe is on an upward trajectory.
We can say that the availability of these tools, among others being offered on the dark web, is among the key contributors.
On one hand, the targeted systems—irrespective of whether they are companies engaging in online activities or even hardware devices—are not doing enough to beef up their security.
So even in scenarios where security updates are done, they happen at relatively slower rates as compared to the speed at which attackers are coming up with means to bypass the security.
The effect is that there will continue to be cyberattacks of varying magnitudes in days to come until the situation changes.