The recently published report on the dark web by the Cyberecurity-as-a-service Armor Threat Resistance Unit (TRU) confirms things we already knew. One finding, however, stood out from the others: a university for hackers selling hacking courses.
The people behind HackTown, the university for hackers, say the school wants to teach people how to become professional cybercriminals. The page states that each course focuses on "profit hacking and fraud", targeting people with little or no coding experience. "By taking the courses offered," say HackTown operators, "you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to hack a person or company successfully."
Using some free courses to entice the potential cyber criminal, HackTown has a $ 125 registration fee that opens the door to all other courses. The free courses themselves cover everything from operational security to network attacks, Wi-Fi hacking and carding. The latter is the trade in stolen credit and debit cards. Once registered, HackTown offers courses on accessing router admin panels, discovering targets within a compromised network, brute force attacks, man-in-the-middle attacks, and so on.
Looking a little further, Armor TRU researchers found that this university for hackers claims to provide all the tools needed for your "career as a hacker", as well as "great staff" providing support and assistance with course development. This development, HackTown claims, ensures that the delinquent student will be able to use his new qualities to develop ransomware and Trojans remote access (RAT) for "personal gain".
The Armor report highlights how well organized the hackers are. With distance learning now applied to most universities worldwide, he says, it is no surprise that the same is true of cybercriminals. "It simply came to our notice then access in content ", he says," along with press work Capture the Flag (CTF) which have often been used in technical universities for educational purposes. "
KnowBe4's Javvad Malik says anyone taking part in such courses should be careful as Criminals by nature they are mainly looking for ways to increase their success, while minimizing their personal exposure ”. It is possible, says Malik, “to use these universities as recruiting sites for pawns that will make work their".
One Nogh Muldoon, senior security director at OneLogin, said: "There is an increase in adults and teens, especially young men, being targeted by criminal gangs. These people use the Dark web to attend university courses for hackers. "