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Hacker with 30 years experience shares the scariest things he has seen while on the dark web

Hacker with 30 years experience shares the scariest things he has seen while on the dark web

The hacker used to play for the wrong team

A hacker with 30 years of experience has seen some strange s**t during his time surfing the dark web.

While most of us steer clear, there were reportedly 2.5 million daily visitors of the dark web in 2023, according to Prey Project.

And for those unaware, nearly 57 percent of the dark web is illegal, as of 2020.

Some of the illegal digital products up for sale include crypto accounts, online banking, and e-wallets.

Cybercriminals are even capable of purchasing the details of a credit card with a $5,000 (£3,948.45) balance for just $110 (£86.87).

Meanwhile, a man who knows his way around a data breach is now using his powers for good, and has opened up on the scariest things he has ever come across.

He has since changed his headwear and dubs himself a 'white hat' - a group of internet Good Samaritans who claim to work to improve the greater good, are bound by the law and are often tasked to find weak spots in security software.

The bloke explained that his new role involves searching for vulnerabilities in systems that could pose a 'significant risk'.

The hacker now works for the good guys. (Vice)
The hacker now works for the good guys. (Vice)

The hacker told VICE in 2021: "I also do things like hunt the criminals who are targeting hospitals or who are targeting the businesses that I'm looking out for."

Speaking about ransomware - a malicious software designed to block someone's access to a computer system - the mystery man said: "It is an attack technique that's been around for decades.

"Modern ransomware is usually a piece of malware that gets on your system, encrypts all of your data and then holds that hostage demanding that you contact the gangs that are operating it, paying them in some form of currency before they'll give you the key that decrypts your data."

Just like the rest of us, there are some times when his job gets really tough - except this fella has got a lot more at stake due to the fact he's dealing with the dark web.


Speaking about some of the things he's witnessed, he continued: "I've watched hospitals get encrypted and people are left with a choice: do I pay to decrypt the data or do I risk lives?"

He went on to explain how hacking has changed over the years: "Back when it started ransomware was charging hundreds of dollars, maybe thousands of dollars for individual targets.

"The bigger payouts that we're talking about now are easily into the tens of millions. This last, most recent attack, they offered $70 million dollars for the campaign key, which is the key that would have unlocked every single computer encrypted during that attack. So we're talking high-stakes games here."

In terms of what the future will hold, he said: "I don't think we have to worry too much about our nuclear arsenal being taken over movie style and used against us.

"But I do think we have to worry about major impacts to financial markets or potential impacts to things like electricity production facilities."

Featured Image Credit: Vice

Topics: Technology, Weird