Data security is the practice of keeping data protected from corruption and unauthorized access, something that has been huge the past decade. Like a hit man for hire, the unique skill-set of a hacker who can bypass data security with ease, can be purchased on the black market. If you’re savvy enough to find your way through the dark web and know of Silkroad, DarkNetMarkets or Blue Sky, you’re pretty much knocking on the door of these guys…that is if they want their doors to be knocked on.
The craft of hacking isn’t something you can just jump into. It takes time, persistence, creativity and experimentation. A true hacker has strengths in both literal and lateral parts of their brain (analytical & creative). They’re capable of thinking outside of the box and willing to break the law in the name of art, money and/or shits and giggles.
There are three main classifications of hackers that the laymen should know of.
- The White-Hat – Hacking for the enjoyment of exploration.
- The Black-Hat – Hacking to find exploits and system weaknesses.
- The Grey-Hat – Someone who is a little of both.
Depending on what you need, almost anything can be done (or undone) if you have the funds. The list below details services provided by computer hackers that have been reported by government agencies.
A network of private computers infected with malicious software and controlled as a group without the owners’ knowledge.
Canada:$270 for 1,000 computers
France:$200 for 1,000 computers
Russia:$200 for 1,000 computers
United Kingdom:$240 for 1,000 computers
United States:$180 for 1,000 computers
Doxing is a technique of tracing someone or gather information about an individual using sources on the internet.
$25 to $100 per person
Spam:$13 for page with 30,000 fans
Twitter Followers:$15 for 10,000 Fake Followers
Upping the traffic to generate revenue from advertising
Website Traffic:$1 for 1,000 fake visitors
Source: Havoc Scope. Image: Pulp Fiction. Bill Ray