Dell Secureworks’ annual review is now out to let us non hackers know what the prices for certain ‘services’ are.
You have your life’s work and toil, and then some secrets, hidden in your Facebook, Gmail and Outlook accounts, and none of it is for prying eyes to see. The sense of security that usually comes with these accounts is something you swear by, and you know for a fact that nothing can go wrong as far as the safety of your information stored in these accounts go.
Well, think again. Read on and you will know that it only takes $129 to lose your account and everything in it to a hacker, and anyone else who is willing to shell out some money to gain access to everything your life.
We always knew hackers had a marketplace where they bought & sold their envious but somewhat evil skills to just about anyone who was willing to pay the price they demanded. Now, with the information age catching up with the lives of even the simplest of souls, the hacker population has more power than ever, and are quite in demand it appears.
The annual report from Dell SecureWorks now reveals not only the asking price for hacking into something as sensitive as your personal accounts, but also shows us how easy it is. The scenario is truly scary, and yet, it is indeed a part of internet reality.
There was a time when we thought that being important or in the public eye was the only way we could attract unwanted attention of this kind. However, we now face the unsavory truth that when the selling price is so affordable, who wouldn’t pay to peek into our lives as well?
A nosy spouse, an unhappy ex, a business rival, or even your employee who wishes to know the rigging’s of the ship you run – the list is a long one, and this makes it all terrifying.
“Like any other market in a capitalist system, the business of cybercrime is guided by the supply and demand for various goods and services. Unfortunately for the law abiding public, both sides of that equation remain strong, with everything from credit cards to hacker-for-hire services being sold online,” says the report, giving out mind-numbing numbers in the process.
The worst part is that as time wears on and more and more people get in on the game, learning skills that are almost always used to invade another’s privacy, the price will only get cheaper.
Here are some chilling numbers.
Three years ago, planting a RAT (Remote Access Trojan) on your machine would have cost anything between $50 and $250, and today, in 2016, this could be bought off of a school kid’s lunch money – anything between $5 and $10.
To intrude upon your favorite social network or email account, one only has to hand over $129 to a hacker, and consider the job done. If you feel $129 is too much to give away to a hacker for one account, there are tutorials for as cheap as $20 to $40 and you probably have skills you can use to hack several accounts.
As far as the professionals of the game are considered, $500 is their asking price to hack into a corporate email account, while stealing data from a website – and we all know how data rules the World Wide Web and business world today – is even cheaper at $350. Of course, the security setup influences the price, but hey, when the information is expensive, who wouldn’t pay.
Talk raw cash and an ATM skimmer costs as little as $1,775 and there’s even talk of 3D printed versions in the works.
So how do we combat this? Frankly, in a time when even the big names like Home Depot can face attacks from cybercriminals, its scary to think that we will simply have to depend on the Mark Zuckerbergs of the world to keep our accounts safe, or maybe just live on hope!