The Dark Web hosts a bunch of illegal products and services. One of them concerns the cybercrime sector.
But how much does all this cost?
A post posted on the Comparitech website examines the types of hacking services available on the Dark Web and lists their prices.
To carry out the analysis, Comparitech researchers looked at more than 100 listings from 12 different hacking services.
Prices for many of these services are negotiable based on time, range, complexity and level of risk, according to Paul Bischoff, author of the post. So Comparitech reports the average price for many of these illegal services. The selling prices normally refer to bitcoin, which Comparitech converted into US dollars.
The most expensive service on the menu was a personal attack: It usually involves defamation, legal sabotage or financial problems. Changing grades at school is the next most expensive service. All hackers demand payment in advance, although some promise a refund in case of failure.
Most hacker hires will only accept a job if they believe they can do it. Comparitech reports:
"In about 5-7% of cases, hacking is impossible."
Most of the hackers report that they can finish their work within 24 hours, although more advanced attacks can take days or weeks.
Let's look at the price list.
Hackers who specialize in personal attacks sell their services for $ 551 on average. A personal attack could include some financial sabotage, legal problems or public defamation. A tactic used by hackers is to designate the victim as a buyer of child pornography.
Change of grades
Students who want a higher grade can pay someone $ 526 on average to have a hacker who can invade a school system and change grades. Available for both general education schools and universities. It is one of the most common hacking services and one of the most expensive. Some hackers also report that they may steal questions from future exams.
Violation of web pages
Website hacking costs an average of $ 394 and includes attacks on websites and other web hosting services. A team mentioned by Comparitech states that they can give you access to an underlying web server or the admin panel of a website. Another group claims it could give you databases and administrator passwords.
Infringement computer and telephone
Such a hacking service will cost you an average of 343 dollars. With this type of attack, the hacker breaks into the victim's computer or phone to steal data or deploy malicious software. The operating system doesn't seem to matter as they report that they can access Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, BlackBerry or Windows Phone.
In this service, the hacker will spy or take over accounts from platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Skype, Telegram, TikTok, Snapchat and Reddit.
Malicious activity of course depends on the service. Hackers who hack into Facebook or Twitter accounts often steal credentials and give them to the buyer. Those who want to hack a WhatsApp account are likely to spy on messages or take screenshots.
Email hacking sells for an average of $ 241. The hacker steals the password from the victim's email service and gives it to the buyer.
In some cases, the hacker can create a procedure email forwarding to send the buyer copies of all the victim's emails.
Hackers offering Distributed Denial-of-Service attacks charge an average of $ 26 an hour, although prices vary depending on the bandwidth of the attack. Some hackers charge by the hour or even the month to maintain an attack for as long as the buyer wants.
In addition to prices for basic services, Comparitech said it has discovered other more specialized services.
Some hackers break into a hospital's COVID-19 vaccine databases to steal data or add a name to the vaccine list.
Others change search engine results to increase or decrease a site's ranking. Others promise to remove a post (even if it spreads) that a buyer posted on a social network but later regretted it.