7 things you can hire a hacker to do and how much it will (generally) cost
- A hacker can do everything from hijacking a corporate email account to draining millions of dollars from an online bank account.
- Though many hackers may have malicious intent, some wear white hats and help companies find security holes and protect sensitive content.
- Below we explore some of many jobs a hacker can do for you.
Some parts of the web are the online equivalent of dark alleys where shady characters lurk in the shadows.Afraid your girlfriend is cheating on you? There's a hacker on the dark web who can get you into her email and social media accounts; that is, if you don't mind sliding past legal or ethical boundaries.
These days you don't have to delve too deeply into the recesses of the dark web to find hackers - they're actually quite easy to find.
For instance, you can easily hire an ethical hacker on Fiverr for as little as $5. These so-called "white hats" help protect your website from malicious attacks by identifying security holes and plugging them.
Other hacking sites openly advertise services of questionable legality, offering illicit access to everything from Skype and Gmail to your college grades. InsideHackers' warns in its Terms of Service that hacking is a "dangerous industry" and "very, very risky business."
In a 2016 report, Dell's SecureWorks found that the underground marketplace is "booming" because hackers are "extending their hours, guaranteeing their work, and expanding their offerings" to lure in customers.
Whether you're in need of a hacker or just curious about the industry, here are seven hacks for sale right now and what they may cost, according to the SecureWorks report and other advertisements on the web.Note: Prices are listed in US dollars, but some hackers prefer to be paid in Bitcoin.