The so-called ‘darknet’ has its own labor market, in which retro engineers, developers of malware and specialists in network attacks have the most demanded profiles, in offers that pay close to 4,000 per month.
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Kaspersky’s Fingerprint Intelligence (DFI) team has analyzed 227,000 job postings between 2020 and 2022 across 155 forums to analyze the labor market of the so-called ‘darknet’, about offers of long-term or full-time jobs.
41% of ads were published in 2020, being the month of March the one that experienced the highest peak. A piece of information that, according to Kaspersky experts, may be related to the coronavirus pandemic, a moment in which a part of the population lost their job or saw their income cut.
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The experts too They analyzed more than 800 TI advertisements and selected more than 160 that directly addressed salary. The payments offered to these professionals are between 1,200 and 3,700 euros per month. The highest correspond to experts in retroengineering or reverse engineering.
The highest monthly salary was seen in an offer for the position of developer: amounted to 18,000 euros. Some ads promised bonuses and commissions, such as getting extorted with ‘ransomware’ from an organization, as the company explains.
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The analysis also shows that developers are the category of specialists with the highest demand, with 61% of the ads analysed. Specific, web developers who create products such as ‘phishing’ pages are sought above all (60%), although ‘malware’ code creators are also valued, such as Trojans, ‘ransomware’, ‘backdoors’.
The IT specialists who carry out attacks on networks, webs and mobile devices are the second most demanded, with a total 16% of ads. The most similar legal profession in this sense is that of penetration tester or ‘pen tester’.
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Many of the jobs offered on the ‘darknet’ include violation of corporate infrastructures: ‘ransomware’, theft of data or money from accounts. Some cybercriminal groups that hired profiles focused on selling access to compromised systems or hacking web and mobile applications to other cybercriminals.
In the third position of the most demanded profiles are the designers, with 10%. Its objective is the creation of malicious products, such as ‘phishing’ pages.
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Part of the lawsuit also focused on IT administratorsreverse engineers, analysts, testers, and other less common IT jobs such as various types of engineers, architects, support specialists, forum moderators, executives, and project managers.
From the cybersecurity company they explain that the monitoring of the ‘darknet’ allows detect the plans that cybercriminals have and establish trends, which helps combat the most complex attacks.
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