Hacker’s List, a new website registered in New Zealand, tries to match professional hackers with people looking for a hacker to hire for various tasks, such as deleting a compromising photo from a website, retrieving a forgotten password, or even hacking into someone’s account in searching of infidelity evidence.
A user of the site was willing to pay nearly $2,000 any hacker that could break into his landlord’s website. Another user offered $500 for anybody who would hack somebody else’s Facebook and Gmail accounts to see of that person had an affair.
Security experts say that the practice of hiring professional hackers by common people is an ever growing industry. Hacker’s List is only in the third month of activity, and it already has more than 500 hacking jobs on display.
The job is done anonymously, while the website would only charge a small fee after the the task gets done. The website owners refused to disclose their identities, but they said they were former hackers.
However, internet security pundits said that Hacker’s List was operating at the edge of legality. Many of the jobs posted are illegal, or even illegitimate. Hackers seem also reluctant to get into such business since Hacker’s List has nearly 850 registered job posters, but only 40 registered “hackers”.
However, hackerforhirereview.com issued a nice review about the website especially for being a “really cool concept,” and granting the possibility of escrow guaranteed transactions, which limits frauds.
When asked if their site was breaking any laws, the founders underlined that the terms of service strictly prohibit users from using the service for any illegal purposes. So, the website is technically insulated from any legal liability.
Yalkin Demirkaya, former commanding officer of NY Department fighting cyber crimes, said in a recent statement that the website would start having problems if somebody would especially see it as a priority. Until then, the site is out of the harm’s way since many job posters are probably overseas, Demirkaya believes.
Still, Thomas G. A. Brown, former chief of computer crime unit of the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, thinks that those kinds of websites only fuel cyber criminality.
“Hackers for hire can permit nontechnical individuals to launch cyberattacks with a degree of deniability, lowering the barriers to entry for online crime,”
Mr. Brown explained.
All in all, besides breaching e-mail accounts and eavesdropping on the competition, hackers can get a decent job as “ethical hackers”. Many companies need them to detect breaches in their networks’ security, as well as preventing cyber theft from within the company.
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