No longer does one need to be a coding guru to venture into the world of cybercrime, especially with the coming of cybercrime-as-a-service (CaaS). Now, hacking has become easier than it has ever been and is still on the verge of getting more comfortable by the day. If there is anything to worry about, then this eventuality features are among the top contenders on the list.
Worse than ever, there is even Dark Web CaaS helpdesk service to facilitate this new feature of the cybercrime space. From these customer support points, users can select from a wide range of services offered to suit their specific need. Initially, cybercriminals made a living by gaining unauthorized access to personal information, which they would then horde over the dark web. Now, however, CaaS opens up even more channels through which the hackers can make a decent living. One of these is selling hacking tools to newbies in the hacking sphere.
These CaaS service providers offer their tools and hacking expertise at a fee. That is to say, those with little or no coding knowledge to help them hack can access the helpdesk services and will be given the tools they need for the job. Detailed manuals to guide one through any hacking adventure are also sold or leased for a set duration from the dark web. And just at the click of the mouse buttons, anyone who once was a hacking illiterate can launch a cyber attack of immense proportions. Andy Archibald of the UK National Cybercrime Unit, put forward during the Infosecurity Europe’s cybersecurity forum that the masterminds behind the CaaS scheme are but less than a consortium of 200 individuals. Despite his proposition nonetheless, the system continues to draw in more participants threatening to scale the rate and volume of cybercrime to unimaginable dimensions.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise at all, the attention and publicity that cybercrime continues to enjoy. Compared to other crimes, the yields are more promising and yet at a much lesser risk. This fact, combined with other factors as outlined below continues to baffle authorities in their fight against cybercrime. Since it appears more lucrative and has further been made easier through the dark web CaaS, more people are opting in.
The Return to Glory of Ethical Hacking
To combat the unfortunate turn of events, corporations are being pushed to find means and ways to cushion themselves from the impending doom. Slowly, this is driving them to seek the help of white hat hackers. Hacking, itself, has been associated much more with the wrong side of it, which has kept the good team of it from seeing the light of day. Now, white hat hackers are on high demand; probably a chance to save face and redeem the former glories of ethical hacking. Ethical hackers, unlike their counterparts, the black hat hackers, are driven by motives for good. They find loopholes into systems as a means to pinpoint areas of vulnerability. They gain access to vital information and carry out their malicious acts that would harm the organization.
Well, you may be tempted to think of hiring a hacker to be a criminal offense. But contrary to how it sounds, it is just one of the effective ways to fight cybercrime. However, this is not a view shared worldwide, as other countries may consider it among the criminal offenses.
Additionally, the lack of a joint legislative agreement concerning what constitutes cybercrime and what does not leaves the world in utter confusion. This confusion has opened up an opportunity that cybercriminals have mastered and learned to exploit with tenacity; cross-border cybercrime. What may be considered a crime in one country may not be so in another. Thus, criminals from one country can exploit the leniency of another country and still not be apprehended because they have not broken any law according to the statutes of that said country.
The responsibility for safety falls squarely on users of the cyberspace. These are homeowners, governments, organizations and not to forget, internet service providers. Homeowners can ensure the systems are well-secured with hard to crack access codes while maintaining up-to-date security plug-ins. It should be the role of internet service providers to set in motion mechanisms to detect suspicious activity in their networks and quench it in its onset stages before the damage becomes almost irreparable.
The penetration tester might be what governments need to stay to debilitate the after-effects of black hat hackers. It is wiser to let the experts in ethical hacking think like the thief and block out all his ways of access before he even comes calling. Finally, comprehensive legislation against cybercrime, recognized across all governments of the world would be a significant milestone towards the success of the war against cybercrime.