Millions of personal details and attack services are available via a simple online search.
Speaking to SC Magazine, Raj Samani, EMEA CTO at McAfee, said that a simple search for DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack services or ‘credit card numbers for sale' will give results on the first page, while personal details are also available on online auction websites.
He said: “This shows how easy they are to find and how anyone can do it cheaply. Of the personal details on online auction websites, are you happy knowing that your details could be among them?”
According to new research by McAfee, a million email addresses can be bought for £321.66 or ten million for £569.19. The research also highlighted the huge scale of ‘crimeware-as-a-service', where tools are created and used to conceal malware from security protection mechanisms.
Samani said: “The cyber crime market now affords potential criminals with a multitude of services that means that deep technical expertise is not a prerequisite.
“We are witnessing the emergence of a whole new breed of cyber criminal. As a result, the volume of cyber attacks is likely to increase, and current trends and data suggest that this is exactly what we are seeing today.”