The cybersecurity company Intsights has dealt with the black market for stolen network access. To this end, Paul Prudhomme, cyber threat advisor at IntSights, examined sales of network access in Russian and English-speaking underground forums. Accordingly, the average price was $ 9,640.
According to the study, the access provided will be used, among other things, for ransomware attacks around the world. Dark web forums are a decentralized system through which less qualified cybercriminals can simply buy access from other hackers, according to Prudhomme.
Offerings range from system administrator credentials to remote network access. With millions of people still working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sales have increased significantly in the past 18 months, according to Intsights. Remote access is generally done via RDP and VPNs.
While the average price was $ 9,640, most prices were around $ 3,000. Only ten of the deals were more than $ 10,000 – and most were for access to telecommunications or technology companies. While the cheapest access cost $ 240, the most expensive access cost $ 95,000. Behind it was an Asian telecommunications provider with a turnover of more than one billion dollars.