Don’t laugh. It  may sound crazy, but there are actually online marketplaces, online, out in the open, where you can hire a hacker to meet your particular needs.

Now, the guidelines seem to indicate that every request should be on the up and up, but taking a look around tells another tale on Hacker’s List. (https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/01/19/hackers-for-hire-hackers-list-for-those-with-no-ethics-or-espionage-skills/)

And keep in mind-this is only one website, out in the open. This does not take into account those more unsavory actors operating in the shadows of the dark web.

All you need to do is sign up and post your job parameters (including budget), and some freelance hacker will respond if they are willing and able to do the job. Just like that. Just like a reputable site like Craigslist works. Except they are offering a conduit for services that, at best, land in a gray area. Some could be legitimate requests, but on any given day you may see someone asking to have a gmail or facebook account hacked-and someone will be willing to do it.

What does it mean for you? Hacking is a business for more than most think. And it’s not just the known RansomWare attacks, the latest healthcare hacks where information is being taken hostage. It can be small targets for small change, but it’s a business nonetheless. Never think that you are too small, or too unimportant to draw someone’s attention. No matter how big you are, no matter what you do, it’s always worth ensuring you are as secure as you can be. There will always be someone willing to target you.