The Rise and Rise of Cybercrime as a Service (CSO)


When cybercriminals wanted to launch cyberattacks, they once had to know how to code. No longer. Bad actors can now search among any number of underground online sites to buy or lease potent cyberweapons.

In the market for a Russian DDoS booter rental? That costs just $60 for the day or $400 for a week’s lease. Orders over $500 qualify for 10 percent discounts — 15 percent off if you place orders in excess of $1,000.

How about a nifty ransomware kit? One month rentals are available for $1,000. Maybe that’s a bit dear for some, but just think of the return on investment! Besides, prospective customers can test drive the product for 48 hours to see whether they like it.

This is just a brief snapshot. Fact is that illicit businesses on dark web services and other environments host a variety of hidden services and marketplaces that sell the tools of the trade for criminals to rent or buy to launch cyberattacks.

Cybercrime-as-a-service — along with attacks-as-a-service, malware-as-a-service and fraud-as-a-service — has opened a wide digital door to anyone looking to score a quick, illicit buck on the internet.