Thanks to the FBI vs. Apple case, we recently learned that for $170 a hacker can easily get into your iPhone. Today, we find out that all hackers need is as little as $5 to get the know-how and the tools they need to take over your computer and steal all the information they want.
The revelations come to us from Dell SecureWorks' 2016 Underground Hacker Marketplace Report, which ultimately claims, "it's a good time to be a bad guy." Just how good?
We're talking really good. As in, the hacker-for-hire business is booming. Not only can you buy the tools you need and take classes to teach yourself how to hack, but you can also hire someone to carry out attacks and do the dirty work for you. Some hacking "companies" operate like normal businesses, some with advertising, customer service departments and help desks.
Let's take a quick look at what your money can buy you on the online black market:
$5: Hire a hacker to carry out Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks to disable major online services. Price: As little as $5.
$5 - $10: Want to take over a computer from a remote location? For just $5 you can get remote access trojans (RATs), which allow hackers to have remote access into your computer to steal files or peep on Webcams.
$20 - $40: Want to take a class in hacking? $20 will get you tutorials on how to send phishing emails, how to carry out DDOS attacks, how to beat protected Wi-Fi, and much more.
$30: Who cares about identity theft? For a mere $30, you can get an American Express card to spend as lavishly as you want.
$80: Bypassing antivirus software can be tricky, but for $80 it can be done easily with a crypter. This is a tool that uses code manipulation and encryption to become invisible to installed security suites.
$90: Going on a trip with all that stolen money? For only $90, you can get 300,000 airline points to fly just about anywhere.
$100: Angler Exploit kits. A tool used to spread malware and malicious ads.
$129: Can't hack into an account on your own? Buy access to someone's personal Gmail or Yahoo email account for just $129.
$400: Three seconds and $400 is all a crafty hacker needs to install an ATM skimming device anywhere they feel like.
$500: Want to pull off a corporate hack? The info in these emails might be more valuable to a hacker than a personal Gmail account. Access to a corporate email account will set you back around $500 per mailbox.
It's a scary thought knowing that these tools are so easily accessible, but there are things you can do to keep yourself safe. You'll want to follow the Golden Rules we tell you about time after time on Komando.com:
- Strong passwords,
- Check links before you click them,
- Look for warning signs of phishing emails, and
- Never give out money to anyone you're dating online.