Why would people hire verified-hackers to try to infiltrate their systems? Despite the risks involved, an increasing number of organizations are turning to verified hackers, also known as ethical hackers, to test their vulnerability to cyber attacks. Provided an organization understands and has prepared for the risks, hiring a hacking service can deliver expert insight into how that organization can effectively enhance the protection of its network and systems.
Just as doctors are experts in the medical profession, hackers are considered experts in the field of cybersecurity, or more precisely, in methods of cyber intrusion. Hackers know how to infiltrate a network and gain access to an organization’s valuable data. Verified Ethical hackers understand the methods of a malicious hacker, but are motivated to help organizations identify and secure vulnerabilities rather than exploit them.
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But while you do so you have to beware of fake hackers, some verified hackers are a bunch of swindlers who are more interested in your money. Some of them may just be interested in your personal information, bank account details, email address, account numbers, credit card details, etc. First let me start by saying when you find a verified-hackers you will know because he will be more interested in proving himself than collecting your money, secondly why will a real hacker not accept escrow? Don’t go into any deal with a hacker that does not want to be paid by escrow, 90% of them are scams and also make sure all communication is made on the platform.
These are five signs to remember:
1. Money. Fake hackers request different amounts of money. Armada Collective normally requests 20 bitcoin. Low bitcoin ransom letters are most likely from fake groups hoping their price point is low enough for someone to pay rather than seek professional assistance.
2. Prowess. Verified-hackers prove their competence by running a small attack while delivering a proof of service. If you can see a change in your network activity then it’s probably genuine.
3. Disorganization. The fake hackers don’t link you to a website because they don’t have one. And they don’t have official email accounts, a good sign they are not organized.
4. Haphazard approach. Verified-hackers tend to attack many companies in a single sector. Fake hackers target anyone and everyone. You’ll tend to see on social media when other companies in your sector are also being hit.
5. Spot the difference. There are subtle differences between a real and a fake hacker. Setting aside grammar and quality of English, you can spot a fake from verified-hackers. It takes practice so if in doubt send it to a specialist to review.
Now on to how to deal with an attack. Two things to remember:
6. Check before you act. Bottom line, whether you think it is real or not, seek expert advice on how to safeguard your network before you do anything. You’ll find that if you do engage with the hackers, whether it’s a reply or notice of payment, you’ll open up an attack you could never have planned for.
7. Get clued up. There’s lots written about getting your people clued up, and dare I say it, it tends to be a once a year tick box exercise. Make sure it isn’t. Right now, you should be telling employees to check email spam filters regularly so genuine ransom notes are not missed. So many companies have unwittingly ignored the genuine threats just because they hadn’t seen the email. As a result, the attack has steadily ratcheted up until the point of no return.
If you are uneasy about the risk then work with a partner who is employing the skills of exhackers. They can spot attacks a mile off – they monitor the web in a way you can’t quite believe and as a result know which attacks will turn into a global concern. When you know the rules and the traits, planning for attacks and managing them becomes easier.
I would advise you give them a task 1st. Create new Gmail and get the most random password you can think of, add a few numbers and say “here’s my email. hack me bro.” Should pick the real verified hacker out. Some might send you phishing emails or try to monitor your phone calls so to be able to access your logins.
You have to be very careful with your online security to avoid identity theft, make use of 2 factor authentication, do not click on links online, use strong passwords for all your online accounts, reduce the use of public computers and open wiFi and install a security software anti virus on your system.